Nationals fans saw their lives flash before their eyes in the fourth inning of Sunday night's game against the Phillies. Max Scherzer threw a pitch to Philadelphia outfielder Michael Saunders, who hit a line drive into Scherzer's knee area.
The reigning NL Cy Young winner lept forward and dropped into the grass in pain. He tried to get up and walk it off, but laid back down in the infield as trainers came out to assess the damage.
But then miraculously – or maybe not because it's Scherzer – he got up again. After a few paces it was clear that he wanted to stay in the game. Scherzer threw a few test pitches and then got right back to it.
Here's video of the whole thing:
Fans reacted to the double shock of seeing Scherzer hit and then return to the mound by giving him a standing ovation in the middle of the fourth inning.
Even the media at Nats Park was equal parts scared and impressed.
Max throws a few test pitches, then flashes the thumbs-up. This is awesome. Drilled squarely on the knee and is staying in.— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) May 15, 2017
Max Scherzer is making more money than any Nationals player in history, and he wants to stay in this game on May 14.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) May 15, 2017
Max Scherzer is down after taking an awkward tumble after being hit with a comebacker. Staying in the game despite pain. Love this dude. pic.twitter.com/Op5NcJ7Tta— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) May 15, 2017
The Nats didn't escape the inning unscathed, though. Scherzer gave up two runs after his return to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
And just in case you're wondering, he came back in the fifth inning and struck out the side in nine pitches.
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