Posted June 10, 2012

Bryce Harper snubbed from Nationals lineup with lower back pain

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Bryce Harper will be left out of the starting lineup for the first time in his major league career today. (Winslow Townson, Getty Images)

Nineteen-year-old phenom Bryce Harper has been left out of the lineup for the first time in his young major league career. The Nationals’ outfielder has been dealing with the pain through the week, but the condition worsened after yesterday’s game, according to USA Today. According to Nationals writer Mark Zuckerman, Washington Manager Davey Johnson made the decision to scratch Harper from the lineup today – a call that didn’t go down well with Harper. From Zuckerman’s report:

Harper, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts Saturday, insisted again he’s fine and clearly wasn’t happy with his manager’s decision to give him the day off.

“[Jon] Lester’s on the mound, so I was pretty excited to face him,” the rookie said. “I like lefties. Whatever. Whatever they want to do. Nothing I can do.”

Harper has started 37 games for the Nationals after his call up from the minors on April 28. He is batting .282 with a .384 on-base percentage and six home runs.