Harper not in lineup for sec­ond day in row

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

Bryce Harper was not in the Na­tion­als’ lineup Satur­day against the host Philadel­phia Phillies for the sec­ond straight game be­cause of a sore left groin.

Man­ager Dusty Baker said Harper is bet­ter, but he opted, as he usu­ally does with play­ers, to give his star right fielder an ex­tra day off. Baker added he wasn’t sure if Harper would be avail­able as a pinch hit­ter.

“There’s po­ten­tial for to­mor­row, but we’ ll see,” Baker said. “I don’t need to let the op­po­si­tion know.”

Rafael Bautista started in right field in Harper’s place. It was the 24-year-old’s first ca­reer start in the ma­jors. He was called up to re­place Adam Ea­ton on the ros­ter last week­end.

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