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Bill Ladson

Storen out a few days after minor operation on hand

Storen out a few days after minor operation on hand

VIERA, Fla. -- After Friday's 6-6 tie with the Astros, manager Matt Williams announced that closer Drew Storen had surgery to remove a "hook of hamate" bone in his left hand. Storen is expected to miss a few days of action, but is expected to start the regular season on time.

It's the third injury to hit the Nationals this week. Denard Span is expected to be out until May because of a right rectus abdominis (abdominal) tear, while third baseman Anthony Rendon will miss a few days due to a mild MCL sprain in his left knee.

Williams said Storen hurt the hand while using a bat. Storen last pitched on Wednesday against the Tigers. He went one inning and allowed one run on two hits.

"It was normal pitcher's bunting/slashing. He took a swing and it got him," Williams said. "It's an odd thing. You never expect anything like that to happen, and it happened to him. [The doctors] took it out today in his glove hand. He will be down … three days and get back to his throwing program. Dealing with a pitcher is different than a hitter."

In other news: Jayson Werth (shoulder) long tossed from 60 feet on Friday morning. He was throwing the baseball pretty well. Williams acknowledged that Werth was sore afterward, but that was to be expected.

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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.