Nationals - Dodgers lineups: Bryce Harper improved but out again

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LOS ANGELES — Bryce Harper was out on the field at Dodger Stadium doing some light running on Wednesday afternoon under the supervision of a trainer, and he took full batting practice on the field with the team, but he was out of the Nationals’ lineup again on Wednesday as he continued to recover from a gruesome collision with the right field wall. 

The nausea Harper described on Tuesday was apparently lessened, and Nationals head trainer Lee Kuntz said Harer was given a SCAT 2 (Sport Concussion Assessment Test) on Monday night and another on Tuesday morning. He passed both, which were administered by an independent medical professional.

The SCAT 2 is, according to the Sport Concussion Library, “offers a standardized method of evaluating athletes aged 10 years and older for concussion. It is a component of the 2008 Zurich Consensus Statement on Sport Concussion. 

“The SCAT2 is a screening evaluation tool designed for use only by qualified first responders or medical professionals. The SCAT2 score does not independently determine the diagnosis of a concussion, nor does it independently determine the injured athlete’s recovery or return to play status. Such determination can only be made by a medical professional who has experience in the treatment of sport concussion.”

Nationals manager Davey Johnonson said Harper complained of some soreness in his rib cage on Wednesday, though, and more in his knee. With how violently Harper collided with the wall, it was unsurprising that his body was still feeling the effects. 

As he took batting practice Harper’s chin was significantly bandaged, likely to protect his stitches from being rubbed against by his arms in the process of swinging. A few swings appeared to be a littles less comfortable than others, but Harper went through the full session. 

Johnson said the outfielder will need “probably another day off,” and may be able to return as early as this weekend in San Diego, but left open the door that Harper could pinch hit on Wednesday night. 

“We’ll see how he handles the workout today and go from there,” Johnson said.

Johnson reiterated that he does not believe that Harper will require a disabled list stint.

“He’s going to be fine,” he said. “He’s got a few aches and pains, but he’s young.”

Here are the full lineups:


Denard Span CF
Steve Lombardozzi LF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Wilson Ramos C
Danny Espinosa 2B
Roger Bernadina RF
Ross Detwiler P


Dee Gordon SS
Nick Punto 2B
Matt Kemp CF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
A.J. Ellis C
Andre Ethier RF
Scott Van Slyke LF
Juan Uribe 3B
Zack Greinke P 

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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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