Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper catches a line drive by San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Nick Wass
August 07, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) Outfielder Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants.

Harper was removed from Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Giants with neck stiffness.

After the game Harper said that he has been bothered by a stiff neck for a few days but wasn't sure what caused it.

Harper was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts Saturday, dropping his batting average to .233. The 2015 National League MVP is now hitting .179 (19 for 106) since July 1 and has one home run in his last 22 games.

The Nationals upcoming schedule is favorable should Harper require a few days to recover.

Washington has a day off Monday before beginning a two-game series against the Indians. The Nationals then have another day off Thursday.

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