Bryce Harper is out of the Nationals’ lineup on Tuesday as they host the San Francisco Giants, dealing with flu-like symptoms. Manager Davey Johnson said Harper spent much of the team’s day off on Monday sleeping and was having trouble keeping food down.
“I think he’s got the flu,” Johnson said. “He hasn’t been able to eat. He said he slept all day yesterday and couldn’t eat much. That’s what we got from [trainer] Lee Kuntz.”
Though Harper is out, he did take batting practice before the game. Scott Hairston is set to take his place in left field and hitting eighth in the lineup.
Despite struggling against lefties this season overall with a .546 OPS, Harper has actually fared well against Tuesday’s starter, Madison Bumgarner. In 10 plate appearances against the southpaw, Harper is 3 for 9 with a home run.
Johnson noted that factor and was hoping to have him available.
“He is one of the guys that’s hit him,” he said.
Jayson Werth is back in the Nats’ lineup after leaving Sunday’s game in the fifth inning. He was examined by team medical director Dr. Wiemi Duougiuh and had bandages above and below his knee cap after the team’s win. But with a day off, he is ready to get back at it.
“Doctor looked at him and told me it was just a bruise,” Johnson said.
Ross Ohlendorf is expected to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and then be ready for a second minor league rehab game later this week, likely somewhere closer than Syracuse.
“He’s going to throw a side today and then go out and pitch on the 15th or 16th,” Johnson said.
Ross Detwiler was out on the field at Nats Park on Tuesday doing sprints on the warning track. He remains out with a strained lower back, but is making progress and is close to resuming a throwing program.
“He’s still got about another week until he starts doing baseball activities,” Johnson said. “He was doing some running, we’ll see how his back responds to that. I think it’s ten more days until he’s picking up a ball. He’s feeling great.”