May 18 2:50p
Harper (head) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, the Washington Times reports.
Harper ran face-first into the outfield wall on Monday and received 11 stitches in his neck. He sat out Tuesday's game, but was back in the lineup on Thursday and Friday. Harper has struggled against lefties this season (.147 batting average), and with southpaw Eric Stults on the mound for San Diego on Saturday, the decision to hold him out is likely a combination of his struggles and an opportunity for additional recovery time.