Nats not going to rush Harper back to action

Nats not going to rush Harper back to action

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was not in the starting lineup for the fifth day in a row Monday because of a tight left calf.

Manager Davey Johnson reiterated that Harper must have a full workout before he is in the starting lineup. Johnson saw Harper in the trainer's room on Monday morning and said that Harper may have more discomfort than the skipper. Johnson is nursing a hamstring injury.

"But he says he ready," Johnson said about Harper. "I told him, 'If you have a full workout and you run around and there is no pain in there, then, yeah, [you can play].'"

Johnson said missing games will not affect Harper in terms of making the 25-man roster.

"The only thing I don't want to do is rush him and hurt him that way," Johnson said. "I know he is a gifted talent."