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Bryce Harper out of Nats’ lineup for first time since promotion

Jun 10, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

Nationals outfielders Harper, Moore and Nady congratulate each other after beating the Red Sox in their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Reuters

Even 19-year-old phenoms need rest, apparently.

Mark Zuckerman of’s Nats Insider reports that outfielder Bryce Harper is out of the lineup Sunday for the first time since being promoted to the majors more than six weeks ago.

Tyler Moore will play left field, Roger Bernadina will cover center field and Xavier Nady will handle right as the Nationals try to finish off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park.

Harper recently reported some tenderness in his lower back, but Sunday afternoon’s day off is more about routine rest than anything. The exciting youngster is batting .282/.364/.521 with six home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI through his first 37 major league games.

  1. zurnvs - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    He is 19, if is back is sore just say it, other wise let him play.

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    The young outfielder voiced his displeasure about missing a game. “I don’t think it’s anything, but it was bothering him a little after the game,” Johnson said. “I checked with the franchise. The franchise says he’s pissed off.”

  3. natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Last year, Yuniesky Maya tried to pitch through pain. Davey expressed his displeasure in no uncertain terms. Maya was sent back to Syracuse. Young Mr. Harper needed to be taught that lesson, it appears.

  4. 24missed - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    He has been an amazing player to watch this series, though I wish he was on our team. Wishing no harm for Harper and that this was just a normal rest day.

  5. mybrunoblog - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Wow this is huge news. Cal Ripken Jr is breathing a sigh of relief.

  6. jimbo1949 - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    OK, so it wasn’t a full day off.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Stuff happens when Harper is in the game. A lot of it is good. Ryan Sweeney’s failure to hit the cutoff man helped, but it was a remarkable piece of baserunning.

      Nats sweep Red Sox. Before this weekend, Montreal/Washington had never won in Fenway.

      *goes into shock-

    • recoveringcubsfan - Jun 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Yeah, scoring the winning run will settle a kid down. And, added info: Davey Johnson is a terrible manager.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        reco: I agree about Johnson. With a better manager the Nats might have swept the series in Fenway and would lead their division. What? Really? Oh.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        Davey appreciates the kid’s desire to play. Davey understands that the kid is not bigger than the team. He also understands that the kid is going to be around a long time, and if he’s hurt a little, he can take a day off from starting — and still be available on the bench.

        If the Nats continue to play well, Davey will be a candidate for Manager of the Year, along with Don Mattingly.

  7. mikecubbie69 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Whats next, Harper gets a runny nose, story at 11? Geesh Im getting sick of hearing about this overrated little punk! Get back to me when hes actually done something to deserve this attention! I bet I can think of at least a half dozen other rookies having a better year than him and their every movement is NOT being recorded!

    • davemac32001 - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Do that – tell me about 6 other rookies having better seasons than this 19 year old kid. I’d like to hear that story…

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