‘Don’t be alarmed’: Bryce Harper out of Nationals’ lineup

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper heads to the dugout during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. Harper was out of the starting  lineup for Washington’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017,  because he was feeling sore. Harper returned to the team on Tuesday  after  missing 42 games with a knee injury. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is out of the starting lineup because he feels sore after returning from a left knee injury that sidelined him for about a quarter of the season.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said before Washington’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday that there is nothing new that cropped up with the 2015 NL MVP and no reason to be alarmed.

Baker plans to have Harper play in the team’s remaining three regular-season games Friday through Sunday.

Harper came off the disabled list on Tuesday after missing 42 games and played that day and Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies, going 1 for 6. He says he felt ”a little sore” after playing two days in a row.

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