Austin Voth exits game after being hit in the face by 90 mph fastball originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Washington Nationals pitcher Austin Voth exited Sunday’s game against Philadelphia in the third inning after he was hit in the face by a 90 mph fastball from Vince Velasquez during his at-bat.
It appeared as though the ball made contact with the helmet before hitting Voth’s nose. His day ended after pitching two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. His long-term status and the severity of the injury are unknown at this time.
Voth knelt over home plate for several minutes as Washington’s medical staff attended to his bleeding nose. He was able to walk to the locker room on his own power, with a towel pressed on his face.
Wander Suero stepped in for the fourth inning of the game to replace Voth. Fellow pitcher Joe Ross stepped in to pinch run for Voth, but was unable to score during the inning.
Washington entered Sunday’s matchup with Philadelphia at 24-31 on the season, recently overtaking the Marlins for the fourth spot in the NL East. Sunday’s contest at Citizens Bank Park was the final game of a three-game series—the Nats took Friday’s game 2-1 before losing Saturday by a final score of 5-2.
This story will be updated as more information on Voth’s condition is available.