Washington Nationals rightfielder Bryce Harper is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Harper is batting in his typical cleanup spot and playing rightfield. When speaking with reporters before the game, he refused to divulge too many details about how he was feeling, saying simply, "I'm in the lineup."
Harper, who leads all National League players in All-Star voting, left Thursday night's game with a hamstring strain. The game had been delayed by rain earlier and Harper's right foot slipped on the wet grass as he attempted to make a throw. He immediately began clutching his knee and grimacing, but was able to leave the field under his own power. He then sat out Friday's game against Pittsburgh.
Harper leads the majors in slugging (.726) and OPS (1.204). He has 22 home runs, tied for the second most in the majors, and leads the majors with 9.8 at-bats per home run.
- Dan Gartland