Harper out of Sunday's lineup after HBP
All-Star outfielder plunked in left quad during Saturday's win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Brewers. Harper was hit by a Michael Blazek fastball on the left quad just above his knee in the ninth inning of Saturday's 7-2 win and exited the game.
Harper said after the game on Saturday that if he didn't feel right Sunday, then he wouldn't play. His exit from the game was a precautionary move, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams.
Washington will surely miss Harper's bat in the lineup. He leads the Major Leagues in walks (52), on-base percentage (.479), slugging percentage (.725) and OPS (1.204). Harper has also reached base safely in 32 of his 33 road games.
Clint Robinson, who started at first base in the first two games of the series and hit his first career home run on Thursday, will take Harper's spot in right field against the Brewers. Robinson has a slash line of .247/.295/.356 in 40 games this season.