Bryce Harper had played in every Nationals game since he debuted in late March, a streak snapped at 79 Saturday night when he sat out with a stomach virus and did not enter the 4-1 victory over the Brewers off the bench. Both he and Manager Davey Johnson expect Harper to return Sunday after a rough weekend that including dizzy spells and vomiting.
“It started [Thursday] after the game,” Harper said. “I couldn’t hold food down and stuff. I was throwing up until 2 o’clock in the morning. I played yesterday, was throwing up during the game. I tried to eat again, then threw that up again. Just not feeling well at all. My head is spinning every day. Just not feeling well.”
Harper was originally in the lineup Saturday afternoon. While taking batting practice, he felt lightheaded and “had a dizzy spell,” Johnson said. Harper assumed the dizziness was a by-product of all the vomiting.
Harper visited a doctor at Miller Park, and the Nationals removed him from the lineup in favor of Corey Brown. “I was kind of pissed off about it,” Harper said.
“The doctor said he could be at the end of a little virus or just catching something,” Johnson said.
Still, Johnson said it is “more than likely” Harper, who went 1 for 8 on Thursday and Friday, will play Sunday. Harper would have been available as a substitute if the Nationals needed him Saturday night. “He was again driving people crazy on the bench,” Johnson said.
Harper had not kicked the virus by Saturday, but he was feeling better and is confident he’ll return to action.
“I’m keeping food down, so that’s good,” Harper said. “I’m still a little jittery and whatnot. I don’t see me missing out on anything. I’ll be in there tomorrow.”
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