PHILADELPHIA -- It couldn't have been the rare air of the Nationals at .500, because that disappeared three games ago. But suddenly Todd Coffey's nose began bleeding before he pitched to Ryan Howard in the fourth inning Thursday night, necessitating a delay for treatment.
"Sometimes it does that when it goes from cold to warm weather," said Coffey. "But never had anything like that in a game. Happened in the bullpen, though."
For the record, you can go to your nose while standing on the rubber and not be charged with a ball, unlike going to your mouth. Coffey who had just given up a single to Placido Polanco, stopped the bleeding literally and figuratively, striking out Howard and John Mayberry Jr. to end the inning.
"Yeah," Coffey said. "[From now on], I'll have to punch myself in the nose and have [trainer Lee Kuntz] come on out."