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Aaron Sanchez exits game with blister

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Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez labored through three innings during Friday’s 10-2 win over the White Sox, eventually making his exit in the fourth with what appeared to be a blister on his right middle finger. While it doesn’t look as though the Blue Jays expect him to miss his next start, it’s the continuation of an unfortunate trend for the right-hander, who already missed several starts this season with a broken fingernail and has dealt with various blisters, contusions, and surgeries dating back through the last several years.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Sanchez took the hill against James McCann and Nicky Delmonico, plunking McCann and walking Delmonico to put runners on first and second. He was unable to progress further in the inning, however, and was examined by a trainer before handing the ball off to Sam Gaviglio and making his exit from the field.

So far this season, the righty is 3-4 in 10 starts with a 3.88 ERA, 5.1 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 through 51 innings. Should he go on the injured list again, MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that he’ll add to a hefty total of 211 days spent on the IL over the last two years. There’s no word yet on who the Blue Jays have primed to replace Sanchez, but they’re expected to select the contract of left-handed knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend in a separate move, as they need a spot starter for Saturday’s game against the White Sox.

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.