Padres Catcher Believed To Have Broken Nose Following Direct Pitch To Face

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola suffered a potentially serious injury during a Cactus League game against the Cubs on Sunday.

Nola was hit in the face by a pitch in the fourth inning and had to be carted off the field.

Padres manager Bob Melvin commented after the game, saying "I can't imagine it's not broken," referring to Nola's nose.

While the extent of the injury is unclear, it's possible that Nola may have suffered a broken nose.

He is considered day-to-day, but it's unknown if he'll be ready for the season opener. If Nola is unable to play, Luis Campusano would likely take over as San Diego's primary catcher.

In 2022, Nola hit .251 with four home runs, 40 RBI, and 40 runs scored over 397 plate appearances.

Padres fans will be hoping for the best and eagerly awaiting updates on Nola's condition. Photo Credit:  Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports