The Phillies placed Bryce Harper on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to a bruised forearm.
Manager Joe Girardi said Harper had been kept out of the lineup for the last two games due to his 0-for-16 slump, but this news provides a possible reason why Harper has been struggling lately for Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Roman Quinn was reinstated.
No matter when he got injured, Harper's 10-day absence comes as the NL East standings are as tight as ever, with just two games separating the Mets in first and the Nationals in the basement. The Phillies are half a game up on Washington as things stand, but Harper's 10-day absence retroactive to Sunday will see him miss eight games.
Harper's slump has dropped his OPS to .884, but he still leads the Phillies in slugging percentage (.489) and has also hit seven home runs.
The Nats play in Philadelphia on June 4 and 5 after losing two of their previous three-game series in Washington.