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.