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Washington Nationals Roundup: Brain Dozier left out of lineup with toe injury

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Brain Dozier left out of lineup with toe injury

The Washington Nationals survived a ninth inning scare to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 Wednesday.

Here's the latest Nationals and Giants news:

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Second baseman Brian Dozier was left out of the starting lineup Wednesday due to a toe injury. Dozier fouled a pitch off his toe and had to have it drained, according to Nats manager Davey Martinez. Howie Kendrick took Dozier's place at second base.

In other injury news, Martinez told reporters there is still no definitive timetable for shortstop Trea Turner's return to action, but said the shortstop is "doing everything possible" to get back in the lineup. Turner is on the 10-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger. 

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First baseman Tyler Austin tested his right arm after batting practice Wednesday to see if he could return to the lineup Thursday. Austin has been dealing with inflammation in his right elbow. 

Injures: 

2B Brian Dozier: Toe, Sidelined

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-Day IL 

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-Day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-Day IL

Coming Up: 

Thursday, 4/18: Giants @ Nationals, 1:05 p.m., Nats Park

Friday, 4/19: Nationals @ Marlins, 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Saturday, 4/20: Nationals @ Marlins, 6:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Source: Rotoworld

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Max Scherzer a game-time decision to pitch Wednesday after breaking nose in batting practice, Mike Rizzo says

Max Scherzer a game-time decision to pitch Wednesday after breaking nose in batting practice, Mike Rizzo says

After two consecutive rainouts, the Nationals are scheduled for a doubleheader Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Max Scherzer is slated to pitch one of those games, but after breaking his nose during batting practice Tuesday, Scherzer will be a game-time decision according to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo.

“‘We’ll see when he arrives today if he’s capable of pitching tonight," Rizzo said on The Sports Junkies Wednesday morning.

Following his hit in the face while attempting to bunt during BP, Scherzer also underwent a CAT scan to be sure there were no further injuries other than the broken nose.

Rizzo said he saw Scherzer Tuesday night and reported he had a bandage and splint on his nose but was breathing "fairly normally." However, swelling from a broken nose typically spreads to the eye region, which could potentially deter Scherzer's start.

“We’ll see if that curtails his ability to start or not," Rizzo said. 

Rizzo said Scherzer will be a game-time decision.

“I think we’ll see what happens when he wakes up today," Rizzo said.

The Nationals are set for a split day-night doubleheader against the Phillies Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05.

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Phillies are 2-for-2.

Tuesday night's game was postponed following a two-hour rain delay. Monday's game was postponed after a three-hour rain delay.

Tuesday's game will be made up as part of a split day-night doubleheader Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., bumping a four-game series to a five-game series. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled to also play a split day-night doubleheader Wednesday.

The day was not without news. Nationals ace Max Scherzer broke his nose in batting practice when a ball bounced off his bat and struck him in the face. Scherzer was attempting to bunt at the time.

Scherzer's injury and the multiple postponements throw the Nationals' pitching plans into disarray. They're not sure if Scherzer will pitch as expected Wednesday. It appears Austin Voth, who was scratched from his Thursday start for Triple-A Fresno, will be available to pitch in one of the Wednesday games -- should they be played. More rain is expected Wednesday.

The Nationals will bump Patrick Corbin, who was slated to pitch again Tuesday, into a Wednesday spot. Wednesday's other starter is TBA. It could be Scherzer if he is ready. It could be Erick Fedde, and Voth could be used in the bullpen as the 26th man. That would provide Scherzer a chance to pitch Thursday and Strasburg on Friday against Atlanta. 

Or, Scherzer could be provided more time off. There's a lot to sort out once again thanks to the rain.

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