Justin Verlander Impressed With Max Scherzer For Pitching with Broken Nose

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Justin Verlander Impressed With Scherzer … Pitched w/ Broken Nose!

EXCLUSIVE

Justin Verlander is giving props to Max Scherzer for coming back strong from a gnarly broken nose injury … telling TMZ Sports, “I appreciate him working through the pain.”

Of course, Mad Max took a baseball straight to the face during a bunting drill in Nationals’ batting practice Tuesday … and suffered a nasty broken nose and a black eye as a result.

But, Scherzer toughed it out and pitched for Washington just 24 hours later … and DOMINATED — throwing 7 innings with no earned runs and 10 strikeouts against the Phillies.

Verlander — who played with Max for a few years in Detroit — says he saw his ex-teammate put in the work … and he was impressed!!!

By the way … we also asked Verlander if he thinks he’s done enough in his own career to deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame — and he tells us he ain’t so sure.

But, with 213 career wins, 2,839 strikeouts AND an MVP award on his resume … come on, JV!!!