Bryce Harper back in Nats’ lineup to face Cardinals

Bryce Harper back in Nats’ lineup to face Cardinals
April 17, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals’ lineup to face the Cardinals on Thursday after missing the previous night due to a sore left quadriceps muscle. Harper feels good enough to play, though Matt Williams says it will be something the team watches closely moving forward.

“I came in and checked with him today, he’s good to go,” Williams said. “We just have to monitor it. It’s not serious. As we saw two nights ago, he’s guarding it a little bit on plays where he doesn’t have to go full out, but he also scored from third on a ball that got away from the infielder. He’s fine, but it is tight on him so we have to make sure we are taking the right precautions there so he can continue to play. We don’t want to get it too bad.”

Williams says Harper will have to play it carefully over the next few days and maintain contact with the team’s training staff. If he feels any unusual soreness during pregame warmups, the Nats will play it safe and give him rest.

“Of course there’s concern,” Williams said. “There would be concern with anybody. But as of now, he’s fine, he’s good to go.”

Harper was originally in the team's lineup on Wednesday before being scratched shortly before first pitch. The night before he was removed from a game against the Marlins after aggravating the injury in the seventh inning.

Harper is hitting .340 this season with one home run and five RBI.