KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Shortstop Ian Desmond had been scheduled to bat third against the Astros on Wednesday but was scratched because of an injured right pinkie.
Desmond cut the finger while taking ground balls during practice, according to manager Matt Williams, and is expected to miss a couple of games. If this were the regular season, he would be in the lineup, Williams said.
"He was taking grounders today, and a ball came up and hit his pinkie on his throwing hand," Williams said. "He's fine, but we just decided to hold him out today and not push it. But he's good. Just a bad hop taking grounders during BP."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.