August 21, 2019 / 4:15 PM / 4 months ago

Nats reliever Strickland breaks nose lifting weights

FILE PHOTO: Aug 6, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) throws against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals reliever Hunter Strickland isn’t expected to miss any playing time after breaking his nose while lifting weights.

The 30-year-old right-hander, who joined the Nationals in a July 31 trade with the Seattle Mariners, sustained the injury before Tuesday’s game in Pittsburgh.

Washington manager Dave Martinez told reporters after the 4-1 loss to the Pirates that Strickland was struck in the face by a barbell. He left PNC Park to have X-rays and returned with bandages over his nose and visible swelling and discoloration.

“Broke nose never killed anyone,” Strickland posted on Instagram. “We have a playoff push so let’s keep it going.”

Strickland is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in eight appearances with the Nationals.

He is 15-15 with 21 saves and a 2.93 ERA in 265 games over six seasons with the San Francisco Giants (2014-18), Mariners and Nationals.

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