Harper remains out with stiff neck

Harper remains out with stiff neck

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper remained out of the Nationals' lineup Tuesday with a stiff neck he's dealt with since last week.

Manager Dusty Baker said before a 3-1 loss to the Indians that Harper still isn't fully healthy despite sitting out Sunday, as well as Monday's off-day.

"Anybody that's had a stiff neck realizes how tough that is, especially to swing," Baker said. "He's on a day-to-day basis."

Baker said the team suggested Harper avoid swinging a bat, because doing so could risk worsening the injury. Harper has said he first felt pain in his neck late last week. He played all nine innings Friday, then came out after six on Saturday.

Chris Heisey started in right field Tuesday in Harper's place, batting sixth.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.