JUPITER, Fla. — Drew Storen left Monday’s Nationals-Cardinals game in the sixth inning with a blister on his right big toe. Storen took the mound to start the inning, faced four batters and notched two outs. But after he threw ball four to walk Kolten Wond, he quickly motioned to the dugout.
Manager Matt Williams and a trainer raced to the mound, and Storen left the game. Matt Grace, up from minor league camp, finished the inning. More to come after the game. Storen recently returned to spring game action after undergoing surgery on his left, non-throwing hand to remove a hamate bone.
“He’s got a blister on his toe that got aggravated during the game so they’ll evaluate him (Tuesday), see how he is,” Williams said. “No need to push it at this point. His pitch count was up there anyway so we decided to go get him. We’ll see how he is (Tuesday). Just a regular spring training blister. … Last time he pitched he was fine. You start sweating, you get hot, you start having friction down there and he developed a blister down there. And then the next pitch, it ripped. So we’ll see how he is. But nothing long-term.”
Williams and General Manager Mike Rizzo said the injury was considered minor, and Williams added that he didn’t expect it to prevent Storen from missing much time.
The Nationals have undergone a brutal rash of injuries this spring. Denard Span (core muscle surgery), Anthony Rendon (knee) and Casey Janssen (shoulder) are currently injured, joining Jayson Werth (shoulder) and Nate McLouth (shoulder), who are both rehabbing from surgeries before this season.
Yunel Escobar (oblique) and Stephen Strasburg (ankle) recently returned to game action after minor spring injuries.