The Nationals bullpen got a little thinner on Sunday when closer Sean Doolittle was placed on the Injured List with right knee tendinitis.
On Tuesday, the unit almost had another pitcher endure an IL-needing injury, as recently-acquired relief pitcher Hunter Strickland nearly injured himself in a weight room accident in Pittsburgh just hours prior to the Nationals matchup with the Pirates.
Strickland had a bar strike the right side of his face, according to manager Dave Martinez, the Washington Post reported. When seen walking in the clubhouse, the reliever had a stripped band-aid on his nose to couple with a very red face.
He underwent X-rays at PNC Park, and they confirmed that Strickland suffered a broken nose. Strickland confirmed the news via his Twitter account.
Just an hour later, Strickland was playing catch with teammates, and later signing autographs for fans. He is still available to pitch tonight, according to Mark Zuckerman.
For a unit that has had their troubles on the field in 2019, Strickland has been a much-needed addition. He's been close to lights out in seven innings of work, allowing just one run on four hits to go with five strikeouts.
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