The Phillies announced on Monday that closer David Robertson has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right elbow soreness. Pitcher Drew Anderson has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Robertson, 34, signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Phillies in January. He had an abysmal start to the season, yielding runs in each of his first three appearances. He allowed four runs in total on five hits and five walks with one strikeout in two innings. Robertson appeared to figure things out, however, putting together four consecutive scoreless outings since.
Anderson, 25, has made one start in the minors thus far, serving up four runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings. In the majors, he owns a career 7.80 ERA in a small sample of 15 innings.
Seranthony Domínguez figures to see the majority of save chances while Robertson is out.
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.