Max Scherzer breaks his nose during bunting drill


Various reporters covering the Nationals reported a bit earlier that Max Scherzer took a ball off his face during a bunting drill this afternoon. Which is not what you want.

The good news: Scherzer seems to be OK and, at the moment anyway, Dave Martinez believes that he will be able to take his scheduled start in the second game of tomorrow’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

The bad news: if Scherzer’s on-mound intensity is any guide, that ball is gonna have some awful things done to it once Scherzer gets out of the trainer’s room.

UPDATE: Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post is hearing from sources that Max Scherzer may have a broken nose. He is undergoing further tests. It’s unclear whether a broken nose would force Scherzer to miss a start.

UPDATE: Yep, it’s broken:


Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.