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Day after injuring thumb, Bryce Harper not in Nationals lineup

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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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).

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