Nats scratch Bryce Harper from spring start

BY foxsports • March 8, 2012

VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was a last-minute scratch from Thursday's game against the Houston Astros. A team spokesman said the 19-year-old had left-calf tightness and is listed as day-to-day.

He could be seen in the dugout during the game.

Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, is getting a chance to win the starting right field job this spring. He played in four of the team's first five games and was batting .455 (5 for 11) -- all singles.

He was scheduled to start Thursday and bat eighth. Before the game, he was also listed on the team's travel list for Friday's game against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, where he was not expected to start.