Nats' Harper Bench for Lack of Hustle

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals star Bryce Harper has been pulled early from a game after Washington manager Matt Williams said the young outfielder didn't hustle.

Harper was taken out after six innings in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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."


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