June 8 (UPI) — The Washington Nationals placed pitcher Austin Voth on the 10-day injured list with a fractured nose, the team announced Tuesday.
Voth was transported to a Philadelphia hospital Sunday to get his nose reset after he was hit in the face by a pitch while attempting to bunt against Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez. He exited that game with a towel across his nose after the ball ricocheted off the tip of his batting helmet.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters that Voth’s nose was broken in multiple places and his left eye was swollen shut.
“Now it’s just about getting him healed up,” Martinez said. “He said he feels fine. We’ve got to get the swelling down. He’s going to be out for some time until we get the eye back open and we’ll go from there. He wanted to thank everybody for their concerns.”
Martinez also said Phillies manager Joe Girardi called Tuesday to check on Voth, who holds a 2-0 record and 2.73 ERA in 19 appearances (one start) this season.
“I felt that was pretty awesome,” Martinez said of Girardi’s phone call.
The Nationals expect Voth to miss a few weeks to allow the swelling in the left eye to reduce.
Right-handed pitcher Ryne Harper was recalled from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding roster move. He is making his third stint with the Nationals this season.
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