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Nats manager Williams: Harper is sticking around

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm •  Published: August 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals manager Matt Williams lashed out at reporters Wednesday after being asked if he was considering sending slumping Bryce Harper to the minor leagues.

Harper, the 2012 NL rookie of the year, has struggled at the plate since missing 57 games with a left thumb injury. The 21-year-old outfielder has only three homers and 14 RBIs in 52 games.

After Harper went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Tuesday night against the New York Mets, Williams was asked Wednesday morning on radio station 106.7 The Fan if it was a bad idea to option Harper to the minors.

"Generally, if you have young players, that's what you do," Williams replied. "But this guy is a special young player."

On Wednesday afternoon, before Washington faced the Mets, Williams was asked: "Is sending Bryce to the minors even in the realm of possibility right now?"

The reply was to the point.

"I would caution everybody in this room: The minute you think you can read my freaking mind, you're sorely mistaken," Williams said. "It (ticks) me off to even think about, that somebody would take a comment I made on the radio and infer I am thinking one way or another. I've had it. Don't do it anymore.

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