Bryce Harper was originally in the lineup for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Washington Nationals' 22-year-old slugger was scratched with what the Nats reported on Twitter is left knee soreness.
The left knee is, of course, the one he injured in 2013, which eventually required surgery to repair a bursa sac.
He injured the knee running into Dodger Stadium's right field wall that season, after he'd previously collided with the right field fence in Atlanta.
Last night he was making a diving attempt on a line drive to right by former Braves' prospect Jose Peraza, who was making his MLB debut with the Dodgers after he was acquired before the Trade Deadline.
Bryce Harper was scratched with left knee soreness.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 12, 2015
Word out of LA tonight, where the Nationals are preparing to take on Zack Greinke, is that the right fielder did not have an MRI and he's available off the bench. Matt Williams told reporters that they hope Harper can return to the lineup tomorrow.
Harper was scratched with a sore left knee. He banged it on a dive yesterday but finished game. No MRI, per MW.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) August 12, 2015
Harper reported swelling in knee today & will rest to get it out. Available off the bench, per MW. Also hopes Harper can play tomorrow.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) August 12, 2015
Clint Robinson is playing right field in Harper's place tonight as the Nationals look for two straight against the Dodgers following last night's 8-3 win:
New #Nats lineup: Escobar 3B, Rendon 2B, Zimmerman 1B, Robinson RF, Werth LF, Desmond SS, Ramos C, Taylor CF, Ross P— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 11, 2015
Through 105 games, the 2010 no.1 overall pick has a .333/.460/.650 line with 25 doubles and 29 HRs in 446 plate appearances, over which he's been worth +6.9 fWAR.
Harper currently leads the majors in slugging percentage and on-base percentage and ranks second in batting average.