Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is sitting out Friday’s series opener against the Pirates after suffering a mild hamstring strain on Thursday against the Rays. Clint Robinson is batting fourth and playing right field in Harper’s place.
Per CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman, Manager Matt Williams said that Harper is still sore but would try some light swings. Harper hasn’t undergone an MRI yet but would if the soreness lingers.
Harper, 22, has been baseball’s best hitter all season, batting .344/.476/.720 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI, and a league-leading total of 54 walks in 275 plate appearances.