Max Scherzer breaks his nose while bunting during batting practice

This has to be up there on the list of most unfortunate injuries.

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer broke his nose after he bunted a ball into his face during batting practice before Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Scherzer is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, and his status is up in the air.

Here is how the injury occurred. Scherzer was casually practicing his bunting, but the ball suddenly came off his bat at a sharp angle and struck him in the face:

Scherzer immediately recoiled in pain and was taken off the field, holding a towel to his face.

He was later seen wearing a splint on his nose.

The 34-year-old is 5-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 15 starts this season for the Nationals.

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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Max Scherzer winds up a first inning pitch against the Kansas City Royals during their MLB inter-league baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri, June 17, 2009. REUTERS/Dave Kaup (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)
PHOENIX - APRIL 29: Max Scherzer and Chris Snyder of the Arizona Diamondbacks sit in the dugout during the game against the Houston Astros at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on April 29, 2008. The Astros defeated the D-backs 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Willey/Arizona Diamondbacks/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts July 31, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
American League manager Jim Leyland (L), of the Detroit Tigers, sits next to his starting pitcher Max Scherzer, also from the Detroit Tigers, during a news conference before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby in New York July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 13: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Boston Red Sox during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 08: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers talks to the media during a post-game press conference after Game Four of the American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on October 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the A's 8-6. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Xander Bogaerts #72 of the Boston Red Sox scores a run off of Jacoby Ellsbury #2 single to right against Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning during Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 4: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after leaving the game after the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY, 21: Newly acquired pitcher Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer puts on his jersey with manager Matt Williams and GM Mike Rizzo during his introductory press conference on January 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY, 21: Max Scherzer, newly acquired pitcher for the Washington Nationals, thanks GM Mike Rizzo media after his introductory press conference on January 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31), left, talks with Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37), right, during spring training at the team's facilities in Viera, FL on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Jun 9, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) celebrates with his teammates after pitching a no hitter against the New York Mets during game two at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (middle) celebrates with his teammates after pitching a no hitter against the New York Mets during game two at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
13 October 2016: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) sits in the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals, 4-3 to advance to the National League Championship Series. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Apr 3, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) receives the 2016 National League Cy Young award from general manager Mike Rizzo before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) tosses a ball in the dugout during game two of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals on October 7, 2017, at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. The Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs, 6-3. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Oct 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) removes starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) in a pitching change against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning in game three of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
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