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Harper scratched from lineup with sore back

May 30, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT

AP

Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup for Saturday’s game in Cincinnati, the slugger’s back still sore after getting hit by a pitch the previous night.

Harper, who was originally listed on manager Matt Williams’ lineup card in his customary cleanup spot, will be replaced in right field by Clint Robinson (who had been scheduled to start in left). Michael Taylor is now starting in left field and batting eighth.

It’s the first time Harper hasn’t started a game for the Nationals this year, a major factor in his dominant performance so far at the plate and in the field after two injury-plagued season.

Harper was hit squarely in the back, between his uniform numbers, on a first-pitch fastball from left-hander Tony Cingrani in the top of the seventh. Harper, who writhed in pain at the plate and chucked his shin guard toward the Nationals’ dugout, later got into an animated conversation with Reds first baseman Joey Votto after he eventually made his way down the baseline.

“He should have jogged, but what are you going to do?” Cingrani told reporters after the game. “Be a baseball player. Sorry I hit you, run.”

  1. Nats Fan Zee - May 30, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Drill ’em !

    • Nats Fan Zee - May 30, 2015 at 3:12 PM

      To be clear, Votto that is …

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 30, 2015 at 3:22 PM

        Why Votto? He didn’t hit Harper or tell him “run.”

        I didn’t see the game, so i really don’t know.

      • Eric - May 30, 2015 at 3:30 PM

        Votto started barking at Harper as he neared first base, and didn’t stop for quite awhile.

    • ArVAFan - May 30, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      Anyone checked the Vegas odds on that? I wouldn’t bet against it, especially now that he’s out of the lineup.

  2. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Nats need 15 players to reach first base today and while there each say 15 nasty things about Joeys MAMMA

  3. Candide - May 30, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Here’s hoping Votto finds himself wishing he’d written full body armor today.

    • Candide - May 30, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      “written???”

      Try “worn.”

      • scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 3:49 PM

        I like written – wore ISO overused :-/

  4. BatBoy - May 30, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Votto must be off his head pills!! Nut case!!!! Drill Him !!

  5. Doc - May 30, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Time to ‘scratch’ Votto!

  6. Candide - May 30, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Next time Cingrani gets in a game, batters should lay down bunts right along the first base line that only he can field, and run him down. Would need a really good bunter for that; any way we could get Livo activated?

    • Doc - May 30, 2015 at 3:31 PM

      Livo is a perfect hitman, er…bunter.

  7. richardp6 - May 30, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    They’ll warn both dugouts before the game for sure. They may have to wait till tomorrow to drill someone less obvious than Votto. Although Gia can be kind of wild…

  8. deftndumb - May 30, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    There are plunkings and there are plunkings. This was an intentional (IMO) HBP. At 93 MPH. Which has now resulted in the best player in the game this year being injured and missing playing time. That is no mere plunking; that is warfare. And to add insult to injury the offending pitcher and offensive first basemen have the temerity to blame the victim for not running fast enough. And the “Manager” jokes that it was easier to injure thebest player in baseball than to IBB him?

    Yeah. Drill ’em. Drill ’email all.

    • deftndumb - May 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      Autocorrect blows

    • therealjohnc - May 30, 2015 at 11:30 PM

      This is crap. I work for the military. This is not warfare. It just isn’t. And that’s all I’ll say about that [stuff].

  9. scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Is he avail for ph?

  10. dcsnakehead - May 30, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    As much as I now hate the Reds, Im not sure getting into a war with a team that has nothing to loose is worth it. We do not need another player getting hurt tomorrow in retaliation.

    • unkyd59 - May 30, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      Nothing to lose…

      • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:08 PM

        Plenty to lose. Players hurt in a scrum or suspended.

    • masterfishkeeper - May 30, 2015 at 5:44 PM

      I’m sure it’s not worth it. Remember what Werth said last year after Colon hit him, probably intentionally? We don’t have time for BS.

  11. naterialguy - May 30, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    I just hope that ball wasn’t a direct hit to the spine. Do not want any thing more than a muscular bruise. No bone bruise, no bulging discs. Just hoping for Harper’s health.

    • Eric - May 30, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      +1 to this. I was worried as soon as I saw it. Really hope he doesn’t miss more than a game. Anyone catch the Charlie’s pregame chat with MW?

      • scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 4:08 PM

        It looked like it hit the lat/back muscle not spine

  12. Candide - May 30, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Remember when Andrelton Simmons spiked Escobar? Nats went on a tear right after that. Beating the hell out of your opponents is the best revenge.

  13. npb99 - May 30, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    This lineup is getting real thin if Harper misses time.
    I was amazed the Nats didn’t react more strongly to that beaning. They should have been pissed.

    • Eric - May 30, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      They still scored 5…

  14. infideljack - May 30, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Maybe if Gio goes on the DL that will get them fired up

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Well we owe them 3 HBP.

    • infideljack - May 31, 2015 at 2:20 AM

      We owe them 3 of their best players on the DL and out of baseball. Their season is over anyway, so let’s destroy their 2016.

  16. natsfan1a - May 31, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Only saw the video clip of the HBP and Votto jawing. That said, what a buncha [jackwagons].

    “He should have jogged, but what are you going to do?” Cingrani told reporters after the game. “Be a baseball player. Sorry I hit you, run.”

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