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Washington Nationals Grapefruit League GameThread: Nationals at Tigers

This afternoon's Grapefruit League game was supposed to feature Stephen Strasburg on the mound vs Justin Verlander, but the Washington Nationals' right-hander rolled an ankle, so A.J. Cole will take on the Detroit Tigers instead.

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Following the home-half of Saturday afternoon's split-squad win over the Miami Marlins in Viera, Florida's Space Coast Stadium, Nationals' skipper Matt Williams told reporters that the scheduled starter for this afternoon's Grapefruit League game, Stephen Strasburg, twisted his left ankle while working out.

Williams explained that Strasburg would miss today's game against Detroit, with A.J. Cole taking the mound for Washington instead, when the Nationals travel to Lakeland, Florida's Joker Marchant Stadium to take on the Tigers.

The injury to Strasburg was not believed to be serious though, Williams explained, as quoted by the Washington Post's James Wagner.

Strasburg "rolled his left ankle" during a conditioning drill, the second-year skipper said.

"'I don’t think it’s serious,'" Williams told the WaPost reporter.

"You start messing with other parts of the body and go out there and try to throw, as scheduled, 75 pitches, we don’t want to have any issues with the arm trying to overcompensate."

Strasburg updated reporters on the injury this morning as quoted by 106.7 the FAN and 99.1 WNEW sportscaster Craig Heist:

Williams too provided an update on Strasburg this morning when he met with reporters:

This afternoon's game is being broadcast on the radio in the nation's capital with Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler calling the action on 1580 AM WJFK (and's Gameday radio).

The Nationals released the lineup for this afternoon's game this morning:

Game Time: 1:05 PM EDT. AUDIO: 1580 AM WFED;'s Gameday audio.

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