“He’s got a little touch of the gunk that everybody else had,” Williams said. “… He’s okay. We’re going to monitor him. He’s not going to come out for batting practice, just hit in the cage and we’ll continue to monitor him during the game.”
If Harper doesn’t feel well again during the game, he could again be replaced against by Nate Schierholtz. On Monday night, Schierholtz entered in the fourth inning and finished the game for Harper. He went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a walk in Harper’s place. The Nationals face right-hander Aaron Harang on Tuesday.
Several Nationals players — Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth — have dealt with the flu over the past two weeks.