Bryce Harper will return to the Nationals’ lineup tonight after his day yesterday, but Manager Davey Johnson may hold him out more down the stretch. With Jayson Werth having returned, Johnson does not want to let Roger Bernadina and Tyler Moore disappear from the outfield rotation.
“Now that Jayson’s able to play a little bit more, I may pick my spots and give him a breather,” Johnson said. “Not so much for him, but maybe to get a Tyler Moore in there, which I haven’t been now that Werth’s back. I don’t have that sharing time with Bernadina and Tyler, so I’ll probably, tough left-hander I’ll probably take it off Harp – for no other reason than that’s what I’d do for all 25 guys on the roster to keep them sharp.”
Harper is hitting .176/.276/.256 since the all-star break. Harper played in the first 79 games of his major league career, starting 77 of then. Since, he hasn’t played in two 12 games.