Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper isn't in Matt Williams's Saturday lineup against the Padres because of a thumb injury. Instead, Kevin Frandsen will be batting seventh and manning Harper's position in left field.
You'll recall that Harper on Friday night injured his thumb while sliding head-first into third base ...
As MASN's Dan Kolko tweeted, as of Saturday morning, Harper's thumb was still swollen and sore.
On the young season, Harper is batting .289/.352/.422 (116 OPS+) in 91 plate appearances. At the time of the injury, Harper had been showing signs of rounding into form (5 for his last 11).