Strasburg scratched from Thursday start because of ingrown toenail

VIERA, Fla. - Right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from making his second start of the exhibition season on Thursday after undergoing surgery to remove an ingrown toenail

“Stras had an ingrown toenail, so we’re going to have him throw on the minor league side where we can control innings,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said after Wednesday’s 9-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. “He’s a little bit sore moving around. He’s perfectly fine.”

Highly ranked pitching prospect A.J. Cole will now start tomorrow when the Nationals travel to Port St. Lucie to take on the Mets.

Strasburg made his first spring start on March 7, logging 1 2/3 innings against the Cardinals. He threw 40 pitches, 26 for strikes.

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