Harper, the leading vote-getter in National League all-star balloting, didn’t want to participate in the Home Run Derby this year because his father, Ron, isn’t able to do so. That alone is a reason for applause.
Lobaton has caught seven of Gonzalez’s past eight starts, including a rain-shortened outing in Philadelphia, and it would be no surprise if he was behind the plate again Friday.
Span said he was still waiting for a specialist to read the results of the MRI on Tuesday night, but he is anxious to find out what’s causing his back spasms. Span plans to see the specialist Thursday.
Span left Monday’s loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning because of back spasms, while left hamstring tightness forced Escobar out of the game in the fifth.
After sweeping the Giants over the holiday weekend, Washington fell to Cincinnati on Monday. Casey Janssen gave up the go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning.
After a stellar first half to the season, Scherzer was voted to his third consecutive All-Star Game on Monday. He will join Harper, one of the National League’s starting outfielders, in Cincinnati next week.
Harper’s father, Ron, served as his pitcher in the Home Run Derby in 2013, when he finished second, but Ron recently underwent shoulder surgery and won’t be able to throw to him.
Less than two weeks after coming off the 15-day DL, Strasburg went back on the shelf Sunday afternoon. “It’s unfortunate, because he felt good and was pitching great,” Matt Williams said.
Harper was voted a starter for the second time in his career after registering 13.9 million fan votes, the most ever by a National League player. He will decide whether or not to participate in the home run derby Monday.
Harper finished a triple shy of the cycle, Moore drove in four runs and hit two doubles, and Washington cruised past the San Francisco Giants, 9-3.
The Detroit Tigers slugger will be sidelined with a calf injury for at least six weeks after the Tigers placed the AL batting leader on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Strasburg left Saturday’s game in the fourth inning, grimacing after delivering his 56th pitch of the afternoon. Manager Matt Williams said the right-hander will be further evaluated Sunday.