The Nationals have scratched right-hander Stephen Strasburg from Sunday’s scheduled start after he sprained his left ankle during conditioning yesterday.
Nationals manager Matt Williams told James Wagner of the Washington Post that Strasburg will rest for a few days, but the injury is not a major concern and no MRI is scheduled. For what it’s worth, he was walking around the clubhouse without a limp and didn’t need any sort of wrap or brace. Strasburg already missed one start this spring with an ingrown toenail, but there’s nothing to indicate he won’t be ready for his first turn in the starting rotation when the regular season gets underway.
Strasburg, 26, is coming off a 3.14 ERA (119 ERA+) with 10.1 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 across 34 starts last season.