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Nationals ace Max Scherzer broke his nose after being struck in the face by a baseball during batting practice Tuesday, the team announced.

Scherzer was attempting a bunt during batting practice before the Nationals' game against the Phillies, the ball coming off his bat and hitting him in the face. Scherzer was wearing sunglasses at the time. They were rattled by the ball. Third base coach Bob Henley slumped his shoulders from the mound where he was throwing BP. Henley always throws BP to the pitchers.

Team trainer Paul Lessard came to Scherzer with a towel and the two walked into the Nationals clubhouse while blood trickled from Scherzer's face.

A CAT scan on Scherzer's injury came back negative. 

Scherzer was expected to start one of the games during Wednesday's doubleheader against Philadelphia. His status for Wednesday is currently TBD, and the Nats have not named starters for either of Wednesday's games while waiting to see the outcome of Tuesday's rain-delayed game.

The 34-year-old last pitched Friday in a win over Arizona in which he tossed seven innings of three-hit baseball while striking out 10 Diamondbacks. It marked the 87th time in his historic career he's fanned 10 batters or more in a game.

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