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Harper out of lineup, remains day to day

Mild left hamstring strain sidelines Majors' leader in OBP, slugging and walks

WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is not in the starting lineup against the Pirates on Friday night, one day after he departed the Nats' 5-3 loss to the Rays in the sixth inning with what the club learned is a mild left hamstring strain. He is considered day to day and hasn't yet been ruled out for Saturday's game.

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Harper crumpled to the ground, where he remained for several minutes, after slipping on the slick outfield grass while attempting to make a throw home.

"He's sore," manager Matt Williams said before Friday's game. "He hasn't done a whole lot today. He's getting treatment. I'm sure at some point he'll get some swings in and do some light stuff."

The 22-year-old phenom leads the Nationals in almost every offensive category, including home runs, RBIs, runs scored and on-base percentage. He is currently hitting .344 and entered Friday leading the Majors in OBP (.476), slugging percentage (.720) and walks (54). Harper has also already matched his previous career high for homers in a single season with 22.

The Nationals were confident that Harper had avoided a serious injury following Thursday's game, though the outfielder suggested he could sit out Saturday to rest the hamstring. It's unclear at this point whether Harper will return for Saturday's game, though the club has not strayed from his status.

Paul Casella is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @paul_casella. Jacob Emert contributed to this story.
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