Bryce Harper and Nate McLouth playing after minor injuries

Nate McLouth. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Nate McLouth. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper and Nate McLouth, two outfielders dealing with minor injuries, are in the lineup Tuesday and are feeling better. Harper exited Monday’s game in the seventh inning with left quad tightness after running the bases funnily following a fall. Harper said after the game, however, that it was minor and he had been dealing with it for three days.

As he expected he would, the hot-hitting Harper was in the lineup Tuesday, starting in left and hitting second.

“He’s fine,” Manager Matt Williams said. “He’s done everything prior to BP that needs to be done and he’s okay.”

McLouth, on the other hand, was scratched from Sunday’s game when his left knee patellar tendinitis flared up while making pre-game throws in the outfield. McLouth didn’t play Sunday and didn’t appear in Monday’s game although he as available.

McLouth arrived early at Marlins Park on Tuesday and took batting practice and ran. He said his knee was improved enough to play. “After getting treatment the last couples days, it feels much much better,” he said.

At first, McLouth found the discomfort slightly alarming because he has always managed it and it usually didn’t keep him out of the lineup. “For some reason, it was worse Sunday and yesterday than it had been that way before,” he said.

But he said the treatment and rest helped the most and he doesn’t expect it to be an issue playing the outfield. He was starting in center and hitting seventh on Tuesday.

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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