Out of the lineup for the second straight game with an off-day for the team in between, Bryce Harper continues to rest his stiff neck as the Nats take on the Cleveland Indians in their series opener on Tuesday night.
Manager Dusty Baker still refers to Harper as day-to-day and does not believe the ailment is anything serious.
"It’s the same thing. We were hoping that these couple days [would help]. A stiff neck, he’s been getting worked on and stuff. Anybody that’s had a stiff neck realizes how tough that is, especially to swing. He’s on a day-to-day basis," Baker said.
Harper, 23, hasn't been doing much since Saturday. The team worries that swinging or doing any baseball activities could aggravate the injury. He did do some light jogging and stretching before Tuesday's game, but that was it.
"He was trying to do it before. We suggested he shut it down because he could be making it worse," Baker said.
Baker added that it is the left side of Harper's neck that is giving him issues. The reigning NL MVP felt it waking up last week and it bothered him for several days before he was removed in the seventh inning of Saturday night's Nats' win over the Giants. He then missed Sunday's matinee before resting on Monday.
After Sunday's game Baker said he expected Harper back for Tuesday's game and that no further testing was planned.
"I'm sure he'll be fine by Tuesday," Baker said at the time.
Harper, 23, is batting .233 with 20 homers and 57 RBI this season.
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