WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 8: Blood drips from pitcher John Lannan #31 of the Washington Nationals face after being hit in the face by line drive against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning at Nationals Park on July 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Nationals Pitcher John Lannan Suffers Broken Nose, Not Expected To Miss Any Starts

John Lannan suffered a broken nose in Friday's game against the Rockies, but isn't expected to miss any starts.

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John Lannan Injury A Broken Nose, According To Report

John Lannan isn't expected to miss any starts after having a hard line drive deflect off his face in the Washington Nationals' loss to the Rockies on Friday, but damage has been done. Lannan did indeed suffer a broken nose on the play, according to Ryan O'Halloran of CSN Washington.

The play happened in the fourth inning. Ty Wigginton lined a pitch back up the middle, and Lannan could not get his glove up in time. The ball went into center field for a single, and Lannan fell to the ground. The Nationals immediately removed him from the game as his nose began bleeding.

Lannan won't miss any starts because he was not scheduled to make any before the All-Star Break. This will give him more time to recover for the second half of the year. He had been piching well for the Nationals in the game prior to the injury.

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Nationals John Lannan Suffers Nasal Contusion After Getting Hit In Face By Ball

Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan suffered a nasal contusion Friday night after getting struck in the face by a liner hit by Colorado Rockie Ty Wigginton. The southpaw is okay and is listed day-to-day.

In the top of the fourth-inning Lannan was facing Wigginton when the ball came off Wigginton's bat and right back to the mound. Lannan was able to partially turn away resulting in him not being hit straight in the face, but the ball made contact with Lannan's face under the left eye. He slowly crumbled to his knees, but then stood and was able to walk off the field on his own accord. On his way back to the dugout Lannan was noticeably shaken and wincing with a line of blood dripping off his nose.

Lannan only pitched 3.1-innings in Friday's game giving up three runs on three hits with five strike outs while retiring the first 10 Rockies he saw in the game.

Lannan will be closely monitored and it is hard to believe he might not miss a start or two.

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