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Bryce Harper scratched with quad tightness but expected to play Thursday

Bryce Harper on Tuesday. (Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

Bryce Harper was scratched an hour before Wednesday’s game with a tight left quadriceps muscle but is expected to play on Thursday in Washington against the St. Louis Cardinals. He felt the tightness again during batting practice and told Manager Matt Williams, who took him out of the lineup to rest.

Harper has been dealing with the muscle tightness since Friday but it wasn’t enough to prevent him from starting until Wednesday. The injury is considered minor.

“He’s been playing center field,” Williams said. “He’s been running a lot. He’s been doing a lot of things. Give him a day just to calm it down a little bit.”

Harper has been receiving treatment on the leg muscle and it didn’t prevent him starting every day since Friday. He left Monday’s game in the seventh inning because of it. He started the following day and played all but one inning.