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Bryce Harper is sitting out the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against the New York Mets after aggravating his left knee. Harper missed 31 games while on the disabled list a month ago with left knee bursitis that required injections of cortisone and platelet-rich plasma.

He aggravated the injury on Tuesday and sat out Wednesday. He returned to the lineup on Thursday and played the first game of the doubleheader on Friday. But it flared up again, according to Manager Davey Johnson, when Harper made a diving play in the fifth inning of a line drive hit by Daniel Murphy.

Harper was lifted in the bottom of the eighth inning after a single and Scott Hairston pinch-ran for him. With a second flare-up in a week, Harper’s knee is, at least, a concerning development for the Nationals. “He was limping a little bit,” Johnson said after Game 1. “Seemed to be still running OK.”

Anthony Rendon returns to the lineup after getting two games off and Steve Lombardozzi shifts to left field. Matt Harvey starts for the Mets.



1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Steve Lombardozzi, LF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Ross Ohlendorf, SP



1. Juan Lagares, CF

2. Daniel Murphy, 2B

3. David Wright, 3B

4. Marlon Byrd, RF

5. Josh Satin, 1B

6. Justin Turner, SS

7. John Buck, C

8. Andrew Brown, LF

9. Matt Harvey, SP