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Bryce Harper out with the flu

Aug 13, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper is out of today’s game against the Giants due to flu-like symptoms. He came down with it yesterday. Scott Hairston will take his place.

I highlight this only as a reminder of the Nationals’ discriminatory flu policies.  A couple of weeks ago Drew Storen had the flu and the Nats not only made him pitch, but left him in to wear one in a total beatdown in the first game of a doubleheader against the Mets. Storen’s dad complained on Twitter.

I call on any employment attorneys within the sound of my voice to find Drew Storen and ask to represent him in a discrimination lawsuit against the Nationals. I’m sure that will do all manner of things to get him back into the good graces of the Nationals organization.

  1. natslady - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I know you’re just trolling, Craig, but I happen to agree with you on Storen. Never mind that he suited up and told the bullpen coach he was good to go–if you have the flu/stomach virus before a game, just go home and don’t infect the whole team. Adam LaRoche had the flu around the same time and sat out a game or two.

    It’s not clear if Storen knew when he pitched that he was getting sent down, but it had been speculated for days that he would be, and his head HAD to be messed up. Probably thought if he got in there this one last time and showed well he could stave off the demotion.

  2. schmedley69 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I’ll be on the lookout for a tweet like this from the Nats beat writers: “Bryce Harper is the youngest player to ever miss a game because of flu-like symptoms.”

  3. rcali - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    “I got flu symptoms bro.”

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