Out of the lineup against the Giants on Sunday with a stiff neck, Bryce Harper was told to rest as a precaution with an off-day coming up on Monday. The Nationals still believe he will be available to face the Indians on Tuesday and have not prescribed any further testing - an X-ray or MRI - for the reigning MVP.
Harper, 23, left Saturday night's loss to the Giants in the top of the seventh inning. He has been dealing with discomfort in his neck for several days and initially felt the pain one morning last week after waking up.
By giving Harper Sunday off, the Nats hope he will have enough time to heal his way back to 100 percent.
"I was hoping not to use him today," manager Dusty Baker said. "I just figured with yesterday's half-game off, today's game off and tomorrow's off, and then (Tuesday) is a night game, that gives him almost three and a half days to work on himself and get it right. I'm sure he'll be fine by Tuesday."
Harper is batting .233 with 20 homers and 57 RBI through 105 games this season.
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