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Bryce Harper (quad) is back in the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Cardinals.

Harper sat out Wednesday with tightness in his left quad. It obviously wasn't a serious issue. He'll hit second and playing left field against Adam Wainwright.

Bryce Harper LF/RF WAS 2 Days

Bryce Harper was scratched from the Nationals' lineup Wednesday due to left quad tightness.

The Nationals say he's been dealing with tightness in the quad since Friday. It was bad enough that he was removed from Monday's game, so it's not an situation that should be taken too lightly. At this point he seems to be day-to-day, but the team may give him more rest over the next few days to get his legs right.

Bryce Harper LF/RF WAS 2 Days

Bryce Harper (quad) was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

Harper was originally in the lineup batting third, but he was removed from the lineup about an hour before first pitch. There's no indication what the reason is but he left Monday's game with quad tightness, so its likely connected to that. He was replaced in left field by Tyler Moore.

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Bryce Harper (quad) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

Harper left Monday's game with quad tightness, but the Nationals had a big lead and the time and were just being cautious. He's hitting second Tuesday.

Bryce Harper LF/RF WAS 4 Days

Bryce Harper left Monday's game against the Marlins with quad tightness.

It's not viewed as a serious ailment, as the Nationals were likely just playing it safe since they had a big lead. Manager Matt Williams said that Harper could be back in the lineup Tuesday.

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Bryce Harper had a nice night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Braves, going 3-for-5 with a run scored.

Harper was hitting out of the sixth spot in manager Matt Williams' lineup in this one. He's off to a bit of a slow start offensively this season, hitting .270/.308/.351 with one homer and four RBI.

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Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

Harper took lefty Brad Hand deep for a three-run homer in the fourth inning. The 21-year-old entered the night hitting .160 with no extra-base hits. Harper suffered a head injury on Opening Day, so perhaps that was at least partially to blame for the slow start.

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Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

It appears to just be a day off in order to clear his head, as Harper is hitting just .143/.182/.143 with a 10/1 K/BB ratio so far. Kevin Frandsen is starting in left field in his place. Denard Span is also getting a breather, with Nate McLouth handling center field.

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Bryce Harper is in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday after passing another round of concussion tests.

Harper was checked out twice Monday after taking a shin to the head in Monday's game, but the Nationals are being extra cautious with the 21-year-old outfielder. Trainers watched him take batting practice Wednesday afternoon and conducted tests following his workout to ensure that he's good to go. He appears to have gotten lucky in this case.

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Bryce Harper said he passed a second concussion test after Monday's game.

Harper gave the Nationals quite a scare when his head collided into Eric Young, Jr's shin on a hard slide into second base in the top of the second inning, but Nationals doctors cleared him to continue. He was tested again after the game and felt fine, so the Nationals dodged a serious bullet with the situation.