Bryce Harper's strained left hamstring kept him out of Friday's game against Pittsburgh, which came as no surprise after his nasty spill in the outfield less than 24 hours earlier.
Nationals Manager Matt Williams opted against placing the two-time All-Star outfielder on the disabled list but didn't rule out the possibility of ultimately making that move to ensure the long-term health of the team's best hitter.
"He's sore," Williams said. "We're evaluating every day, and we'll take the appropriate steps necessary to make sure that he's 100% ready to go when he's ready to go."
Harper received medical treatment Friday and was going to attempt to take some practice swings. He did not speak to reporters.
Harper slipped on damp grass in the sixth inning Thursday night against Tampa Bay and gingerly walked off the field.
Left fielder Marlon Byrd was activated from the disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds before their series opener against the Miami Marlins on Friday night, completing a faster-than-expected comeback from a broken wrist. ...
In Philadelphia boy sitting in the front row at the game Friday night between the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals was hit by a line drive night late in the game. A spokesman for the Phillies said the boy was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.