WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson decided to sit outfielder Bryce Harper and start Tyler Moore in left field on Tuesday. Johnson simply wants to give Moore some playing time. Since the beginning of August, Moore has received 33 at-bats.
Harper has been one of the most productive position players on the Nationals lately, going 13-for-41 (.317) with two home runs and six RBIs in his last 10 games.
"I'm trying to find ways to get playing time [for some of the guys]. Their playing time has been cut short. I want to get Tyler Moore in," Johnson said. "With Harp, I kind of run him into the ground. I'm sure he is not tired. I think he was a little tired on Sunday [against the Cardinals], for some reason. He felt great yesterday against the Cubs."
Right fielder Jayson Werth will also get the day off on Wednesday, Johnson said.