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Harper scratched due to stomach bug

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MILWAUKEE -- Bryce Harper was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

Manager Dave Martinez penciled in Michael A. Taylor in Harper's spot in center field for the second game of Washington's seven-game road trip.

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MILWAUKEE -- Bryce Harper was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

Manager Dave Martinez penciled in Michael A. Taylor in Harper's spot in center field for the second game of Washington's seven-game road trip.

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"[Harper's] got a little stomach issue going, and I rather have him be available to come off the bench," Martinez said. "I don't know how far he can actually play, but if he can come off the bench and help us that way, that'd be good."

Harper did appear as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday. He hit for reliever Justin Miller in the seventh inning and struck out against Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress.

Harper went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk in Washington's loss to Milwaukee on Monday night. Over the past eight days, Harper has won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and participated in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.

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