Harper’s return to Nationals delayed

Bryce Harper was not back in the Washington Nationals’ starting lineup on Monday, with manager Dusty Baker saying the right fielder was dealing with flu-like symptoms.

Harper had been expected to return to the lineup for the first time since suffering a bone bruise in his left knee and a strained left calf on Aug. 12. He played in a pair of simulated games over the past week, heightening expectations that he would return Monday.

Harper has said that his goal is to return to the lineup before the start of the playoffs in order to work on his timing at the plate.

Baker said on Monday that Harper could “possibly” return to the lineup on Tuesday if he feels better. The manager added that Harper’s innings could be slowly ramped up each game upon his return.



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