MLB notebook: Nationals OF Harper to be out 2 more days

| Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 7:48 p.m.

• Bryce Harper will be out of the Nationals' lineup for at least two more days because of a sore left hip. Harper was examined by team doctors in Washington, and manager Davey Johnson said tests showed inflammation but no structural damage. The 20-year-old slugger will take oral medication and sit out the first two games of a four-game series against the Mets. Johnson says he hopes Harper can play after that.

• Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will not make his scheduled start on Wednesday, the second time his turn in the rotation has been pushed back. The team confirmed that Hernandez will not start against Houston. Hernandez is 12-9 with a 3.01 ERA this season. He's lost five of his last six decisions and given up 38 hits and 24 earned runs during that stretch.

• Rangers Opening Day starter Matt Harrison had his third surgery of the season on Monday. The left-hander never got back into the rotation after having two operations on a herniated disk in his lower back. The third surgery — for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome — was on his right side. Harrison made two starts this season before the back operations in a nine-day span, the last on May 1.

• Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has returned to the team, and the starting lineup, after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child. Brantley, who was in left field and batting fifth against the Royals Monday night, went home to West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday and missed the three-game series against the Mets in Cleveland. Brantley is batting .278 with eight home runs, 59 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 132 games.

— AP

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