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Jayson Werth dealing with minor bicep strain, Bryce Harper with flu-like symptoms

Jayson Werth (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Jayson Werth was scheduled to make his spring debut on Sunday against the Miami Marlins but was scratched with a just before the game with a minor right bicep strain, according to Manager Matt Williams. Bryce Harper was sent home after reporting to Space Coast Stadium feeling sick in the stomach. Williams said Harper is dealing with flu-like symptoms.

Werth first felt the minor discomfort in the bicep in his throwing arm on Saturday while working out, Williams said. The right fielder still felt the tightness on Sunday morning. Werth will be held out a day or two, Williams said, calling the rest “precautionary.”

“He’s fine,” Williams said. “Just making sure. He was in there today and came in a little bit tight today so I said, ‘Listen, we have plenty of time.’ Nothing big.”

Harper was scheduled to work out on Sunday morning but not play against the Marlins. But once he showed up to the stadium, the Nationals sent him home to rest.

“We got him out of here to make sure he doesn’t spread,” Williams said. “He didn’t feel real good this morning.”

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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