Harper back in Nationals lineup

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm •  Published: April 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper will start Sunday in for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle.

Harper is scheduled to bat second in Washington's lineup against the Cardinals.

In the sixth inning on Saturday, Harper hit a comebacker to the mound and was easily thrown out at first base. The two-time All-Star was replaced in left field by Kevin Frandsen for the following inning.

Following the eventual 4-3 loss, Nationals first-year manager Matt Williams cited "lack of hustle," for removing Harper. "That's why he came out of the game," Williams said. "He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times."

On Saturday, Harper said after the game: "I respect what he did. That's part of the game."