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Harper scratched after getting jammed

Mar 23, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper jammed his left hand on an inside pitch yesterday.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup against the Mets today after getting jammed by an inside pitch during yesterday’s game against the Tigers.

Manager Davey Johnson said Harper’s left thumb was swollen after he lined a fourth-inning slider from Detroit’s Drew Smyly into right field for a single. He was pulled from the game for precautionary reasons.

Harper was scheduled to make the trip to Port St. Lucie and bat third in today’s game against New York, but Johnson informed the 20-year-old outfielder this morning he was being held back in Viera.

“I scratched him,” the manager said.

Johnson said he’s not worried about the extent of the injury and said he expects Harper to return to the lineup tomorrow when the Nationals face the Braves.

  1. Another_Sam - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Is there a twitter rivalry between Mark and Kilgore, to see who can get the twitter updates out more quickly? My unscientific results have Mark consistently a minute or two quicker on the finger than Kilgore.

  2. Mac - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Well, we know Kilgore's not being slowed down by running spell check on his tweets.

  3. NatsLady - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Rough game yesterday–two thumbs down. (Stras and the Kid's). Get well soon, it's TIME.

  4. MurrayTheRed - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    NatsLady – two thumbs down – Funny.

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