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Bill Ladson

Storen exits outing due to blister on toe

Injury to Nationals' closer considered minor, according to manager Williams

Storen exits outing due to blister on toe

JUPITER, Fla. -- Nationals closer Drew Storen exited Monday's 6-2 loss to the Cardinals in the sixth inning with a blister on his right big toe.

Storen was able to get two outs in the inning, but after he walked Kolten Wong, pitching coach Steve McCatty came to the mound and decided to take Storen out of the game. Nationals manager Matt Williams called it a regular Spring Training blister, and the fact that Storen had already thrown a lot of pitches made the decision to take him out of the game easier.

"You start sweating, it gets hot, you start having friction down there and developed a blister," Williams said. "Then the next pitch it ripped, so we'll see how he is, but nothing that's long term."

This marks the second injury Storen has suffered this spring, although both appear to be minor. He had surgery earlier this month to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand, but he only missed a few days. Storen was able to remain on a regular throwing schedule, although his time in Grapefruit League games has been limited.

Ideally, the Nationals would like Storen, who was pitching in just his third game this spring, to pitch in back-to-back games before they begin the regular season on April 6.

"If he doesn't get a back to back and we have to go into the season with that, then we have to do that," Williams said. "And we'll have to adjust in season for the first few games to make sure that he's good to go. But we'll know more in a day or so how we're going to deal with that, too."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.