Freddy Galvis’ 50-game suspension ends, but he’s still hurt

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Freddy Galvis’ 50-game suspension for a positive performance enhancing drug test came to an end yesterday, but even after sitting out two months the Phillies infielder remains sidelined by a fractured back.

Galvis went from suspended to being transferred to the 15-day disabled list and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “it’s doubtful Galvis plays before the end of the season.”

Galvis is expected to play winter ball in Venezuela, which will help make up for being limited to 58 games for the Phillies as a 22-year-old rookie. He hit just .226 with three homers and a .617 OPS, but did look good defensively playing primarily second base in place of an injured Chase Utley.

Max Scherzer, with broken nose, strikes out 10 Phillies over seven shutout innings

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.

Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.

Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.