Max Scherzer suffered a broken nose after a ball struck him in the face during a bunting drill Tuesday afternoon. CT scans were negative in terms of a concussion, so it's unclear if Scherzer's injury will cause him to miss his scheduled start in one of the games of Washington's doubleheader against Philadelphia on Wednesday. The hard-throwing righty has made at least 30 starts every year since 2009, but that streak could be in jeopardy if his nose injury turns out to be more serious.
Charlie Blackmon paced Colorado's 8-1 rout against Arizona by going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs. After a huge weekend series against the Padres, Blackmon collected three hits in the Rockies' series opener vs. the D-backs on Tuesday at Chase Field, becoming the first player to record five straight three-hit games in Rockies history, and the first in MLB since the Astros' Jose Altuve from July 4-9, 2017. Blackmon, who received National League Player of the Week honors on Monday, had four hits in each of the Rockies' first three games of their previous series against the Padres. He then notched three hits in Sunday's finale. After Monday's off-day, Blackmon led off Tuesday's game with a double down the right-field line against D-backs right-hander Merrill Kelly, later scoring on Nolan Arenado's two-run homer. He then singled in the third and seventh.
Brendan Nimmo's neck woes, which began in April, are chronic and will sideline him for a much more significant period of time than the Mets initially expected. The Mets shutting Nimmo down from all baseball activities for 30 days, manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday, after which point doctors will reevaluate him. Upton likely hurt hism SunTrust Park center-field fence on April 14. At this rate, Nimmo won't return to action until after the All-Star break.
Mike Moustakas left the Brewers' game against the Padres on Tuesday night in the sixth inning with a left hand bruise. Leading off the fifth inning, Moustakas was plunked by a 91.8 mph fastball from left-hander Logan Allen, who was making his Major League debut. Moustakas shook his left hand on the way to first base. Head athletic trainer Scott Barringer came onto the field and examined the hand, but Moustakas stayed in the game for the moment before retiring on defense.
Pablo Sandoval required four stitches after sustaining a laceration on his right pinkie Monday night, but the Giants are confident the veteran infielder will be able to avoid the injured list. Sandoval suffered the injury after being spiked by Max Muncy in the fifth inning of the Giants' 3-2 win. The play proved to be one of the defensive highlights of the night, as shortstop Brandon Crawford had to range far to his left to field the grounder before spinning and throwing to Sandoval, who made an impressive stretch at first base to record the out. Muncy inadvertently stepped on Sandoval's hand while crossing the bag. Sandoval, who was forced to exit the game the following inning, initially feared the injury would be more severe, but X-rays revealed no structural damage to his hand.
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