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Nationals' Reliever Hunter Strickland Suffered Broken Nose in Bizarre Weight Room Accident

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 16: Hunter Strickland #60 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the eighth inning at Nationals Park on August 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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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.