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Ex-Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, who famously once put himself on the injured reserve list for two months by punching a door, reported that he broke his nose Tuesday while lifting weights.
Strickland, who now pitches for the Washington Nationals, somehow hit himself with a barbell. He didn’t go into the specifics of how the weight collided with his face, but instead chose to update his nose status on Instagram:
“Broken nose never killed anyone,” the reliever wrote. ” … barbell=1 me=0″.
That prompted another Giants alumnus, reliever George Kontos, to quip on Strickland’s Instagram page: “Haven’t learned your lesson fighting the equipment?!?”
Kontos also pitches for the Nationals, but in the minors.
Strickland broke his hand in June 2018 when he punched a door in a fit of anger over blowing a save. He later called it “a stupid decision.”
Fortunately for the Nationals, who are in the thick of the playoff race, Strickland is expected to be ready to pitch Wednesday against Pittsburgh if needed, sore nose and all, maybe while wearing one of those fashionable see-through plastic face guards.
Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate.
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