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Yoenis Céspedes suffered multiple ankle fractures in ranch accident

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen revealed on Monday afternoon that injured outfielder Yoenis Céspedes suffered multiple ankle fractures from an accident on his ranch in Florida, SNY’s Steve Gelbs reports. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Céspedes suffered a “violent fall” in a non-baseball-related activity. The Mets don’t have a timetable for Céspedes to return.

Céspedes, 33, was already working his way back from surgeries on both of his heels and was expected to return in late June or early July. Now, his return could be even later than that.

Céspedes is in the third year of his four-year, $110 million contract signed in November 2016. He played in only 81 games in 2017 and 38 games last year. When Céspedes has been healthy, he has been productive. The Mets are hoping to get at least two months out of him this year, but it may be too late by then if they continue to crater in the NL East.

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.