04/19 16:33 CDT Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards
Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards
AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Nationals star Bryce Harper has been pulled early from a
game after Washington manager Matt Williams said the young outfielder didn't
Harper was taken out after six innings in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis
The 21-year-old Harper is a two-time All-Star known for his aggressive play.
But in the sixth inning, he hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first and took
a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath.
Asked why Harper was removed, Williams said: "Lack of hustle. That's why he
came out of the game."
"He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the
game, that we hustle at all times," the first-year manager said.
Harper said he understood the decision.
"I respect what he did," Harper said. "That's part of the game."