Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper underwent minor surgery Wednesday to remove an ingrown toenail but should return to game action by Saturday, Manager Dave Martinez said.

“He wants to play [Friday], but we’ll see,” Martinez said Thursday morning, a couple hours before a Nationals team without most of its regulars faced the Atlanta Braves. “I would like to push him back another day. After the game, we’ll see how he’s feeling.”

Harper was slated to start Wednesday as Washington’s designated hitter but was scratched from the lineup because of the toenail issue. He had started in right field Tuesday, collecting his first hit of the spring — a double — before scoring.

This isn’t the first time an ingrown toenail has hampered Harper. In May 2013, he underwent a procedure to remove one and missed two games. The Nationals expect a similar timeline.