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:
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.
As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.
Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.