The Washington Nationals were in a spot of bother, regarding relief pitcher Hunter Strickland. As it turned out, one of his pregame rituals ended up with messy results, namely a broken nose.
According to Nationals manager Dave Martinez to the Washington Post, Strickland was hit by a bar in the weight room. He also revealed that the 30-year old “could have injured the right side of his face”. So, the right-hander underwent X-rays at PNC Park ahead of the Nationals’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Hunter Strickland had an accident in the weight room that affected his face, per Martinez. A bar fell on him during exercise. He’s off to get X-rays right now.
— Jake Crouse (@JakeCrouseMLB) August 20, 2019
Dougherty admitted that the right side of Strickland’s face was “pretty red and he had a stripped Band-Aid on his nose.”
The good news was that it did not seem to affect his game, as he was spotted practicing. Hunter Strickland warmed up with bullpen catcher Nilson Robledo ahead of the Nationals’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.