Harper back in Nationals’ lineup a day after leaving game

Bryce Harper
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper heads back to the dugout after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is back in the starting lineup, a day leaving the game because of tightness in his left glute.

Harper was set to play Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series in Washington against Atlanta.

Manager Matt Williams said Harper would get physical therapy and go through his normal pregame routine. Harper exited Wednesday night’s game in St. Louis in the fourth inning.

Also, Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session and is expected to rejoin the rotation next week against the Mets. He’s been slowed by a back problem and Tanner Roark will start Friday night in Strasburg’s place.

In a roster move, Washington reinstated first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore from the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

In 79 games this season, Moore has hit .200 with four homers and 22 RBIs. He’d been out with a sprained left ankle.

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