Who he is: A pitcher for the Washington Nationals.

Who he is: A pitcher for the Washington Nationals.

How many big-league games he's pitched: One.

How many batters he's hit: Two.

How many times he's been ejected: One.

That's right: Lannan was ejected from his big-league debut yesterday. In the fifth inning, he hit Philadelphia Phillies All-star second baseman Chase Utley with a pitch, breaking his hand. He followed up by also hitting the very next batter — Ryan Howard.

Background: Lannan was called up by Washington after he went a combined 12-3 with a 2.35 ERA in 20 games with three minor-league teams this season.

What happened?: Lannan had allowed three runs and six hits over the first four innings in Philly. After getting the first out of the fifth, he hit Utley on the right hand. Howard followed and Lannan hit him on the right shoulder. Although there were no warnings given, homeplate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ejected Lannan immediately after he hit Howard. Washington manager Manny Acta also was ejected by Wendelstedt, after Lannan's exit. It was Acta's first ejection. Lannan was replaced by Chris Schroder.

How is Utley?: He finished the game, going 2-for-4, but X-rays afterward showed he broke his fourth metacarpal. Utley, batting .336 with 17 homers and 82 RBI, will be placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career today.

Was that on purpose?: The second time, the ump thought so. But even Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he didn't think it was intentional. And Utley has been hit by pitches 17 times this season, leading the majors in that category.

The victim says: "As breaks go, it's not that bad of a break," Utley said after the game, adding that he thought he would be out less than a month

The Associated Press