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Nationals sign veteran starter Bronson Arroyo


Bronson Arroyo has agreed to a deal with the Washington Nationals, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. It’s a minor league contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Arroyo turns 39 years old next month and missed the entire 2015 season following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but the lanky right-hander was among the most durable starting pitchers in baseball for a 10-year stretch from 2004-2013, averaging 207 innings per season.

If he can successfully complete his elbow rehab, Arroyo will be able to provide organizational rotation depth for the Nationals behind Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark, and Joe Ross.

Arroyo, a 16-year major league veteran, owns a 4.19 career ERA and 1.29 career WHIP.

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’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.