Shortstop Ian Desmond was removed from the Nationals’ lineup minutes before their rain-delayed game in Kissimmee against the Astros with an ailment that is “nothing major,” according to a person with knowledge. A groundball during pregame warm-ups took a tough hop, hit Desmond in the hand and split open one of his fingers. Desmond could have played, but the Nationals held him out as a precaution.
Desmond will “probably” miss the next two or three days, too, Manager Matt Williams said. He needed a bonding glue to heal the cut on his right (throwing) pinky finger. “He’s good, though,” Williams said. “If it was during the season, he’d play.”
The Nationals did not announce Desmond’s scratch prior to the game. When Desmond’s turn in the order came up in the top of the first inning, Jamey Carroll walked to the plate in his place.
This spring, Desmond is 6 for 21 with two homers and four stolen bases.