Harper scratched with stomach virus

Bryce Harper has been scratched from tonight’s game due to a stomach virus, forcing manager Davey Johnson to shuffle his starting lineup just a bit.

Corey Brown will now play center field as the Nationals take on the Brewers in Milwaukee. Brown will also take over Harper’s No. 2 spot in the batting order.

According to the Nationals, Harper will be available to pinch hit tonight, indicating that the virus isn’t anything serious.

It has been enough to knock the rookie out of the starting lineup for just the third time since his promotion to the big leagues, however.

Brown is still in search of his first major league hit after going 0-for-3 in three games last year and 0-for-7 in big league action this season.

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