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Harper out with flu; other injury updates

Aug 13, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper is out of the Nationals’ lineup on Tuesday as they host the San Francisco Giants, dealing with flu-like symptoms. Manager Davey Johnson said Harper spent much of the team’s day off on Monday sleeping and was having trouble keeping food down. 
“I think he’s got the flu,” Johnson said. “He hasn’t been able to eat. He said he slept all day yesterday and couldn’t eat much. That’s what we got from [trainer] Lee Kuntz.”
Though Harper is out, he did take batting practice before the game. Scott Hairston is set to take his place in left field and hitting eighth in the lineup.
Despite struggling against lefties this season overall with a .546 OPS, Harper has actually fared well against Tuesday’s starter, Madison Bumgarner. In 10 plate appearances against the southpaw, Harper is 3 for 9 with a home run.
Johnson noted that factor and was hoping to have him available.
“He is one of the guys that’s hit him,” he said.

Jayson Werth is back in the Nats’ lineup after leaving Sunday’s game in the fifth inning. He was examined by team medical director Dr. Wiemi Duougiuh and had bandages above and below his knee cap after the team’s win. But with a day off, he is ready to get back at it.

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  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    He was examined by team medical director Dr. Wiemi Duougiuh and had bandages above and below his knee cap after the team’s win.Let's hope the good Dr. "MinuteClinic" Wiemi put the bandages on the correct knee.

  2. JayB - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Flu again….can Rizzo get some soap in that locker room! This is the crap I get so tired of……just tell the truth…Harp your struggling against left handers…..you sit but be ready for PH at RHer. Davey is either so lost he does not know the truth or his Zen Jackson game needs a major overhaul.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    For being strong physocal beings they sure get the flu a lot.I taught for yrars was expose to flu, and never caught it. I am far from being in physicaly good shape.

  4. James Joyce - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    He's having an alergic reaction to left handed pitching.

  5. Unknown - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    If Harper really has the flu, why isn't he in bed instead of sitting in the dugout, passing it around to other players?

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