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Video: Max Scherzer Suffers Broken Nose During Batting Practice

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer throwing a pitch.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Nationals Park on August 02, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals started the season with plenty of promise, but saw their All-Star roster underperform through the first third of the season.

After starting the season 19-31, the Nationals won 14 of their next 21 games to sit at 33-38 on the season.

It was all going well for the Nats, until Tuesday afternoon. During batting practice on Tuesday, six-time All-star pitcher Max Scherzer was at the plate working on his bunts.

During one of the attempts, Scherzer missed the meat of the ball and sent it right into his own face.

The foul ball ricocheted into his nose, resulting in a broken nose and deep laceration.

Here's video of the play.

Scherzer eventually left the field with a towel over his face. The Nationals announced he suffered a broken nose, but have not ruled him out for his start on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Scherzer has proved his toughness over the course of his career, but breathing through a broken nose can't be easy - even for someone on the mound instead of in the field.

The six-time All-Star leads the National League with 136 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings. His ERA sits at 2.81, but the Nationals are just 5-10 in his 15 starts this season.