After Bryce Harper was removed from Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the explanation as to why came as quite the surprise.
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Just 18 games into the Nationals' 2014 season, rookie manager Matt Williams has made his first big statement as skipper.
The Nationals reinstated center fielder Denard Span off the 7-day disabled list on Saturday, and optioned Steven Souza, Jr. back to Triple-A Syracuse.
Nursing a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals - a team they had not beaten in eight consecutive tries - the Nationals nearly saw it slip away.