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Bryce Harper back in Monday’s lineup after sitting out with sore knee

May 20, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper sat out Saturday and Sunday due to lingering soreness in his left knee caused by his collision with the right field fence at Dodger Stadium last Monday, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that he’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Giants.

Harper was all banged up after the collision, as he needed stitches in his chin and dealt with nausea, as well as soreness in his knee, shoulder, and rib cage. However, the 20-year-old outfielder was able to return to action as a pinch-hitter last Wednesday. He was in the lineup for back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday before sitting out the rest of the weekend.

Harper is batting .297/.393/.617 with 11 home runs, 22 RBI and a 1.011 OPS in 39 games this season. The second-place Nationals are hoping he’s back in the lineup to stay.

  1. bolweevils2 - May 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Never mind that, Joey Votto pulled a ball foul into the stands tonight in the 5th inning on a 2-2 count against Shaun Marcum! Supposedly only the second time he’s done that, unless he’s done it since it made the news a while back.

    The Mets announcers were clueless though.

    (Why is there no way to send a message to you guys directly to notify you of a news story anyway?)

  2. yankeepunk3000 - May 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    I still don’t get how he just ran into the wall….he just ran right into not close to the ball. So odd

    • unclemosesgreen - May 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Totally agree – he had no sense from his feet that he had hit the warning track evidently. The line he was taking looked to me (a former CF) like he thought he had another 20 feet of ballpark, like he was just lost in space. BTW in no way am I saying I would have done better. Ha ha. I might have even gotten through that wall!

  3. unclemosesgreen - May 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    A lot of writers and talking heads take an occurence like this as an opportunity to extoll Harper for “playing hard” with “grit” — I take it more as an opportunity to say that he is still very young and has yet to temper his aggression with wisdom. And if he keeps trying to bulldoze anything that’s in his way without taking in a little scenery he may not arrive to wisdom until he has long since acheived decrepitude.

  4. baseballer28 - May 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    the biggest douche in the universe award goes to…..

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