Bryce Harper to Miss Second Straight Game with Neck Stiffness

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper will miss his second straight game with a stiff neck Tuesday.

Harper missed Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Giants after prematurely exiting a 7-1 loss in the seventh inning a day earlier.

After an extra day to recover with the team having an off day Monday, Harper was again missing from the lineup Tuesday as the Nationals begin a two-game series against the Indians at Nationals Park.

“It’s the same thing,” manager Dusty Baker told reporters before the game. “We were hoping that these couple days would, you know, like, that stiff neck. He’s been getting worked on and stuff.”

“Anybody who’s had a stiff neck realizes how tough that is, especially to swing, so he’s on a day-to-day basis.”

Asked if Harper’s been able to do anything the past few days, Baker said, “Well, he was trying to do it before, so we suggest that he shut it down because he could be making it worse.”

“And it depends on which side it is,” he said. “I’ve seen guys actually get hot at that time, depending on which side it is — it prevents you from jerking your head. But I think his is on his left side.”

“When I had ’em [as a player], it was on my right side and so that actually helped me. We just have to wait to see. I don’t have any more to tell you. I know it’s big news, but I don’t want to just make up something.”

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