Nationals' RHP Stephen Strasburg (ankle) to miss Sunday start

Saturday March 21st, 2015

Washington Nationals righthander Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his start on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers due to a sprained left ankle he sustained while conditioning on Friday, manager Matt Williams said.

Strasburg also missed a March 12 start because of an ingrown toenail, but Williams told reporters he was not overly concerned about the 28-year-old's ankle.

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"I don't think it's serious," Williams said. "But again, you start messing with other parts of the body and go out there and try to pitch and throw as scheduled 75 pitches - we don't want to have any issues with the arm trying to overcompensate so we'll push him a couple days and he'll be good. But it's not serious."

Righthander A.J. Cole is expected to start in Strasburg's place against the Tigers, reports

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Strasburg, the National's Opening Day starter for for the past three seasons, went 14-11 with a 3.14 ERA over 215 innings in 2014.

Mike Fiammetta

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