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Bryce Harper scratched with a bruised arm

Aug 17, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was hit twice by Braves pitchers last night, the second of which, thrown by reliever Luis Avilangarnered a standing ovation from the home crowd in Atlanta. Braves pitchers have been at fault three of the four times Harper has been hit by a pitch this year. Recall that the benches cleared on August 6 when starter Julio Teheran plunked Harper. So there’s definitely some hard feelings at least in one direction.

Harper has been scratched from tonight’s lineup due to a bruise on his left arm sustained from getting hit by Avilan’s fastball, per CSN’s Mark Zuckerman. Zuckerman spoke to manager Davey Johnson, who said he and the clubhouse at large are not happy about the fact that his best player isn’t able to play, but insisted that he hasn’t given his players any instructions to retaliate.

In Harper’s absence, Denard Span will lead off and play center with Scott Hairston in left and Jayson Werth in right.

  1. daveeproc - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    It’s more the tightness in his arm as a result from the bruise than the bruise itself. Harper was trying to swing in the cages and he couldn’t get his arm loose. If you can’t get that loose, you risk a serious tricep/bicep injury by swinging.

  2. stabonerichard - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Braves pitchers have been at fault three of the four times Harper has been hit by a pitch this year.

    To quote Michael Bolton in Office Space, it’s just a coincidence.

  3. chc4 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Could very well be fireworks tonight. Harper is a chump but I totally get why he’s pissed. Teheran’s pitch was intentional but the 2 last night weren’t. But I gotta think his teammates will try to get revenge tonight. After all they have nothing else to play for.

    • stabonerichard - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      Bryce is a chump? He seems more mature at 20 than Chipper does at 40.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        I wish I could give you 50 thumbs up for that.

    • drewsylvania - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      LOL. Go read about him.

  4. thebadguyswon - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Very good odds a Brave gets hit tonight.

    • thebadguyswon - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      And Justin Upton takes one for the team. LF for a LF.

      Perfect. Keep the pot simmering boys…

  5. mikeyd22 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I think Lou Gehrig just rolled over in his grave. Arm bruise??

  6. pdowdy83 - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Between the “infield fly” trashing of the field in the wild card game last year and the cheering of people getting hit Atlanta fans aren’t doing too much to help their reputation in the last year.

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  8. nbjays - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Harper is a great player but is starting to seem a bit fragile. Every time you turn around he is missing a game or going on the DL for something.

    • drewsylvania - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      It seems to be all hard contact injuries. He’s going to have to be slightly less aggressive if he wants a long career.

  9. scdocal - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Don’t really think Braves fans care about their reputation as they shouldn’t. Do you care what people say about ur fan base? Probably not because you think ur fan base is awesome but there are always a few bad apples that can take it to the next level and make it look bad for everyone. And with the wildcard game, you don’t know how ur fan base would have reacted and at that point it becomes a mob mentality. As soon as one person throws shit then everybody starts throwing shit.

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