Nationals' Bryce Harper has tightness in quad, expected to play tomorrow

Mike Ehrmann

Nationals' outfielder Steven Souza replaced Bryce Harper in center in the 7th inning tonight after Washington's 2010 no.1 overall pick went 3 for 4 in the Nats' 9-2 win over Miami. After the game Harper said it was just some tightness in his quad that's not serious.

MASN tv analyst F.P. Santangelo noted throughout tonight's game that something was off with Bryce Harper's stride as he ran around the basepaths in the Washington Nationals' 9-2 win over the Marlins in Miami.

"He's just got a little tight quad that he's had for four or five days..." - Matt Williams on Bryce Harper's quad

Manager Matt Williams would later confirm that his young outfielder aggravated a lingering quad issue when he stumbled between second and third running out a first inning triple.

After the game, Harper, 21, who went 3 for 4 with two doubles and triple, extending his current hit streak to seven games with his first hit of the night, told reporters that it was just some tightness in his quad that affected his running throughout the game:

With his 3 for 4 night in Marlins Park tonight, Harper improved to 13 for 25 over the seven-game hit streak. His big night at the plate left him with a .348/.412/.522 line over the first 51 plate appearances of his third major league season, in which he's now hit three doubles, a triple and a home run.

Matt Williams addressed the quad issue when he spoke to reporters after the Nationals' win.

"He's just got a little tight quad that he's had for four or five days," Williams said. "The slip in between [second] and [third] aggravated it a little bit. I think he's fine. I don't think there was any big issue, but we got him out of there just to make sure he could get some work done tonight and see how he is tomorrow, but I expect him in the lineup tomorrow. I don't think there's a big issue."

• We talked about Harper, the Nationals' big night, Sandy Leon's first big league homer and the movement on Blake Treinen's pitches tonight on the latest edition of Nats Nightly:

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