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Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth back in Thursday’s lineup

May 2, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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The Nationals are close to full strength for tonight’s series finale against the NL East-leading Braves.

According to Mark Zuckerman of, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth are back in the starting lineup. Harper will bat third while Werth will hit cleanup against right-hander Kris Medlen.

Harper left last night’s game in the sixth inning after he aggravated a bruise on his left side on a check-swing. He originally suffered the injury Tuesday night when he crashed into the outfield fence while trying to catch a home run off the bat of Tim Hudson. However, he was cleared to return after he made it through batting practice this afternoon without incident.

Werth has missed the last two games after he fouled a ball off his left ankle on Monday. He also has been dealing with some hamstring tightness. While he told Zuckerman prior to batting practice that the ankle still feels “pretty stiff,” he’s going to give it a go.

  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    So how many of you who hated Harper because the media forced fed him to you now Love the kid? Come on admit it, you want to see Harper playing baseball and you dig his jam.

  2. natslady - May 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Neither one of them looked good. Werth left early (after making a great defensive play) and Harper was swinging at first pitches–obviously in pain.

  3. joejaws75 - May 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Nats suck. Most overrated team in the league

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