The Washington Nationals acquired Hunter Strickland at the trade deadline in order to improve their much-maligned bullpen.
On Tuesday, however, reports indicated that Strickland went for X-rays of his face. Why? While weightlifting prior to Washington's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a barbell fell directly on his face.
With his nose bandaged and face partially discolored, x-rays confirmed that he had suffered a broken nose. Even with the injury, Strickland confirmed that he would be available to pitch on Tuesday night.
It's certainly good news for the Nationals, as Strickland's proven to be a solid option out of the bullpen ever since acquiring him from the Seattle Mariners.
In eight games with Washington, Stickland accumulated a 1-0 record and an impressive 1.29 ERA.
The Nationals dodged a serious bullet, as closer Sean Doolittle was placed on the ten-day injured list with right knee tendinitis, and Roenis Elias is sidelined with a hamstring injury. They could not afford another reliever hitting the shelf, especially from an accident such as this one.
Despite the barbell taking a 1-0 lead over him, Hunter Strickland is 100% committed to helping the Washington Nationals continue on their playoff push.