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Washington Nationals place Austin Voth on IL with broken nose after hit by pitch

Jun 6, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Austin Voth (50) is helped off the field after being hit in the face by a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals on Tuesday placed right-handed pitcher Austin Voth on the 10-day injured list with a fractured nose after he was hit by a pitch in the face during a plate appearance on Sunday.

Voth, making his first start of the season after mostly working out of the bullpen, was attempting to bunt when he was hit in the face by a Vince Velasquez pitch in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The injury occurred in the top of the third inning, ending Voth’s start after two frames.

The move was retroactive to Monday. The Nationals called up right-handed reliever Ryne Harper from Triple-A Rochester to take Voth’s place on the active roster.

Voth, who turns 29 ton June 26, is 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA in 19 games – 18 relief outings plus Sunday’s start. He has struck out 29 in 29 2/3 innings while walking 10.

Washington used Voth exclusively as a starter in 2020 before shifting him back to the bullpen. In four major league seasons, Voth is 7-7 with a 4.59 ERA in 43 games (22 starts).

Harper, 32, has appeared in two games for Washington this year and accrued a 3.00 ERA. In three years (one season with the Minnesota Twins and two with the Nationals), Harper is 5-2 with a 4.89 ERA in 86 games out of the pen.

Voth’s injury wasn’t the first of its kind this season. The New York Mets’ Kevin Pillar suffered multiple nasal fractures and required surgery from being hit in the face by a pitch in May. He was activated and returned to play just two weeks afterwards.

–Field Level Media