LEADING OFF: Scherzer breaks nose, Judge nears return

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Published 11:14 p.m. ET June 18, 2019 | Updated 3:09 a.m. ET June 19, 2019

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

OUCH!

Nationals ace Max Scherzer has a broken nose after fouling a ball off his face during batting practice Tuesday, and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the mound. Scherzer was attempting a bunt when he redirected a pitch off his face. The three-time Cy Young Award winner was scheduled to start one of the two games during a day-night doubleheader against Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Nationals said Scherzer’s status — as well as the team’s pitching plan for the doubleheader — was still to be determined.

ROUGH CUTS

With Aaron Judge nearing a return from the injured list, the Yankees are facing an unusual roster crunch. Judge could be back in the Bronx any day, and Cameron Maybin would be a most logical option to get cut on his return — except Maybin has been the club’s hottest hitter, homering Tuesday in his fourth consecutive game. Maybin can’t be optioned to Triple-A, so keeping him would likely require the Yankees to go short-handed in the bullpen instead.

DIGITAL DUSTUP

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