LEAD­ING OFF: Scherzer breaks nose, Judge nears re­turn

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


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.


Ma­jor League Base­ball said it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the um­pires' union to com­ment on Manny Machado's one-game sus­pen­sion for his con­duct fol­low­ing his ejec­tion for ar­gu­ing a called third strike Satur­day. The MLB Um­pires As­so­ci­a­tion tweeted about the ban Tues­day, crit­i­ciz­ing Machado for "VI­O­LENTLY throw­ing his bat against the back­stop with ab­so­lutely no re­gard to any­one's safety." The tweet fea­tured the hash­tags #Vi­o­lence, #Tem­perTantrum and #NotTol­er­ated and oth­ers. MLB said in a state­ment it does "not be­lieve it is ap­pro­pri­ate for the union rep­re­sent­ing Ma­jor League Um­pires to com­ment on the dis­ci­pline of play­ers rep­re­sented by the Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion." MLB also said it was "in­ap­pro­pri­ate" to com­pare Machado's out­burst to the "ex­traor­di­nar­ily se­ri­ous is­sue of work­place vi­o­lence." Machado de­clined com­ment on the tweet. He is ap­peal­ing the sus­pen­sion. TAKE YOUR TIME

The Cubs plan to move slowly with Kyle Hen­dricks af­ter tests con­firmed the right-han­der is deal­ing with a shoul­der im­pinge­ment. Hen­dricks was placed on the 10-day in­jured list Satur­day, one day af­ter he per­mit­ted five runs in 4 1/3 in­nings in a 5-3 loss to NL West-lead­ing Los An­ge­les. Hen­dricks was 6-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his pre­vi­ous eight starts be­fore stum­bling against the Dodgers. "There's no ques­tion we'll take the length of the sea­son into ac­count," gen­eral man­ager Jed Hoyer said Tues­day be­fore a game against the crosstown White Sox. "We know how im­pact­ful he is when he's right and we want to get him right and if that means pa­tience, we'll ex­er­cise pa­tience."

NO HITS OR NO HAS­SLE Di­a­mond­backs vet­eran Zack Greinke makes his first start since tak­ing a no-hit­ter into the seventh against Wash­ing­ton. Greinke al­lowed an in­field sin­gle lead­ing off that in­ning and was pulled af­ter 7 1/3 in­nings due to a rain de­lay, then said the no­hit­ter wouldn't have mat­tered much to him any­way. "I don't re­ally think about (no-hit­ters) that much. I just as­sume I'll never throw one," he said, later adding: "Just prob­a­bly be more has­sle than any­thing." Greinke is set to share the mound with Colorado righty Jon Gray.

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