From Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com comes word that Bryce Harper has been scratched from the Nationals’ starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers due to soreness in his left knee. He’s had surgery on that knee in the past, but there’s no word yet on the severity of this particular issue.
Clint Robinson is starting in right field and batting cleanup versus Dodgers righty Zack Greinke.
Harper, 22, has hit .333/.460/.650 with 29 home runs and 69 RBI in 105 games this season. It would be a shame — and a massive blow for the second-place Nationals — if the 22-year-old superstar is forced to miss an extended period of time.
Washington is currently 1 1/2 games back of the Mets in the National League East standings and 4 1/2 games back of the Cubs for the second National League Wild Card spot.
UPDATE, 8:32 PM ET: Mostly good news from MASN’s Dan Kolko …
Via the official Twitter account of the San Francisco Giants …
Pagan has been bothered by discomfort in both of his knees for much of the 2015 regular season and the Giants have finally decided to get him some extended rest. The hope is that he’ll be ready after 15 days.
Gregor Blanco will start in center field and lead off in Tuesday night’s series opener versus the Astros.
Pagan, 34, is batting just .258/.290/.308 in 102 games this season for the Giants, who are 2 1/2 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West and 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the NL Wild Card chase.
From Ben Nicholson-Smith of Toronto’s Sportsnet comes word that Edwin Encarnacion is out of the Blue Jays’ starting lineup Tuesday night against the Athletics because of lingering discomfort in his left middle finger. EE jammed the finger in late July and hasn’t really had time to fully recover.
He also sat out of Sunday afternoon’s series finale at Yankee Stadium, a big 2-0 victory for Toronto.
Justin Smoak is starting at first base and Chris Colabello is at DH as the Blue Jays open a three-game set at home versus the visiting Athletics.
Encarnacion is considered day-to-day for now. The 32-year-old slugger has 21 home runs and 64 RBI in 104 games this season for the Jays, who are just 1 1/2 games back of the Yankees in the American League East standings.