Now Commenting On:

{"content":["injury" ] }

Harper a late scratch in Miami with tight left quad

Harper a late scratch in Miami with tight left quad play video for Harper a late scratch in Miami with tight left quad

MIAMI -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was a late scratch with left quad tightness about an hour prior to Wednesday night's finale at Marlins Park.

Harper, who left the previous two games with the same issue, has hit 10-for-19 (.556) with three doubles, a triple, three runs and an RBI on the Nationals' two-city road trip, which concluded with a 6-3 win over the Marlins.

Harper told reporters after Monday's game that the quad had been tight since Friday, but it was "nothing too serious." During batting practice, he mentioned to manager Matt Williams that it was still bothering him.

"Bryce is in it for the long run, so I decided to get him out of there [Wednesday] just to make sure," Williams said. "He's been playing center field, he's been running a lot, he's been doing a lot of things. Give him a day to just calm it down a little bit. I expect him to be in there [Thursday]."

Nate McLouth was inserted into center field batting leadoff, while third baseman Anthony Rendon moved to second in the order. Tyler Moore got the start in left in Harper's place.

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["injury" ] }
{"content":["injury" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español