MLB notebook: Nats' Harper has ingrown toenail removed

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Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper underwent minor surgery to remove an ingrown toenail and hopes to return to the lineup on Saturday.

Washington manager Dave Martinez told reporters on Thursday that Harper underwent the procedure Wednesday. Harper was scratched from the lineup that day due to the toenail issue.

Harper has previously experienced toenail problems. He missed two regular-season games in May 2013 after having an ingrown toenail removed.

Harper played in right field on Tuesday, the day prior to the surgery.

--After recently being publicly tied to discussions with Scott Boras, agent for former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, the Philadelphia Phillies have made contact with the representatives of Lance Lynn, according to a report from MLB.com

According to the report, no agreement is imminent between the Phillies and Lynn, who turns 31 in May.

One potential downside to signing either Lynn or Arrieta (turns 32 next Tuesday) is that the organization would lose its second-highest draft pick because both right-handers turned down qualifying offers from their prior teams -- the Cardinals and Cubs, respectively.

--Detroit Tigers left-hander Travis Wood suffered a sprained left knee during the team's spring training game against the Atlanta Braves.

Wood caught a line drive in the fourth inning and had a baserunner caught between second base and third. Wood turned toward second and fell to the ground in pain and immediately grabbed the leg. Wood was helped off the field by team trainer Doug Teter.

The 31-year-old was making his spring debut after being sidelined by an injury to one of his pitching fingers. He went 4-7 with a 6.80 ERA in 39 games (14 starts) last season when he split time with the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.

--Field Level Media