By Sam Bush
Nats lefty Jon Lester is headed to New York today for surgery to remove his thyroid gland, manager Dave Martinez reported.
The 37-year-old will have the operation on Friday.
“Hopefully he can pitch again in about a week,” Martinez said in a video conference with reporters before Washington’s exhibition game against the Miami Marlins. “We want him to get it taken care of now, so it’s not an issue.”
Martinez said the Nationals “still have plans, as of right now, that he will start the season with us on his scheduled day, but we’ll have to see — after this procedure’s done — how he’s feeling.”