WASHINGTON — One day after OF Bryce Harper expressed his thoughts on the ideal lineup for the Nationals, his manager had a clear message for reporters.
"I've got to let you guys know something: I've got Bryce's back in everywhere. That will not change," Matt Williams said Tuesday.
On Monday, Harper returned to the team after missing 57 games with a torn ligament in his left hand. With the All-Star, the first-year manager has a full complement of potent option but potentially some tricky decisions. Harper, Washington's leftfielder pre-injury, suggested a configuration where he moves to center, the usual home for former Tampa Catholic standout Denard Span.
Williams said he spoke with Harper about his lineup comments.
"I want him to play every day and I want him to play the way Bryce knows how to play. He's going to hit in different spots in the lineup. He's okay with that. He's going to play in different spots in the outfield, and he's okay with that, too."
BONDS SAGA: A federal appeals court in San Francisco said it will reconsider Barry Bonds' felony conviction for obstruction of justice. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a special panel of 11 judges will review a 2011 jury verdict finding the home run king guilty of giving evasive testimony to a grand jury. Bonds has already served his sentence of 30 days' house arrest and paid a $4,100 fine.
ASTROS: CF Dexter Fowler went on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain, and LHP Kevin Chapman, INF Kike Hernandez and OF Domingo Santana were called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
BRAVES: C Evan Gattis went on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his back, and RHP Juan Jaime was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.
GIANTS: CF Angel Pagan is scheduled to be examined by a specialist in Los Angeles after having a setback in his recovery from a back injury.
RANGERS: LHP Joe Saunders was designated for assignment after posting a 6.13 ERA in eight starts.
TIGERS: DH Victor Martinez sat out for a second straight game with a sore back.