Bryce Harper to play Tuesday against the Braves after dealing with flu

Bryce Harper. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)
Bryce Harper. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Bryce Harper will play Tuesday in Lake Buena Vista against the Atlanta Braves after being sent home Sunday with flu-like symptoms, according to Manager Matt Williams. Harper spoke with Williams on Monday morning, told him he was better and wanted to make the trip to Tampa to play the New York Yankees on Monday. But Williams said he told the left fielder to get more rest. “Take another day,” he said.

>>> Jayson Werth was scratched from Sunday’s game, his spring debut, with a minor right bicep strain and was expected to rest a day or two. Williams said Monday morning that he had yet to speak with the right fielder but expected him to work out.

>>> Right-handed reliever Erik Davis is still resting his strained right elbow, Williams said. Davis had been scheduled to visit team doctor Wiemi Douoguih on Saturday about the progress of his elbow. Davis was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Feb. 13 and was shut down and given a two-to-four-week timetable.

>>> Relievers Tyler Clippard (back), Drew Storen (family death) and Rafael Soriano (delayed schedule) have yet to make their spring debuts. Storen is slated to face the Braves on Tuesday. Clippard and Soriano should make their debuts by the end of the week, Williams said. He said he wants to hold back the late-inning relievers in the early stages of the spring game schedule to keep them fresh for the season.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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