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Patrick Corbin wearing No. 45 on Tuesday to honor Tyler Skaggs

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Nationals starter Patrick Corbin and the late Tyler Skaggs came up through the Angels’ minor league system together and went to the Diamondbacks together in the Dan Haren trade. One can understand that Corbin was particularly devastated to hear yesterday that Skaggs died.

MLB.com’s Jamal Collier reports that Corbin will wear the number 45 on his uniform for tonight’s start against the Marlins to honor his friend. Skaggs wore No. 45 since joining the Angels. Manger Davey Martinez said, “He wants to pitch. He feels like it’s what he needs to do.” Corbin normally wears No. 46.

We’re all rooting for the Angels and for Corbin tonight.

Hunter Strickland injured in weight room accident

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Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that Nationals reliever Hunter Strickland suffered an injury in the weight room on Tuesday. A bar apparently struck the right side of Strickland’s face. He underwent X-rays at PNC Park. [Update: It was initially reported Strickland went off-site for X-rays.]

Strickland, 30, has been terrific for the Nationals since joining them following a trade from the Mariners on July 31. The right-hander has allowed just one run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings of work.

The Nationals should provide an update on Strickland’s status later tonight.