Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards
WASHINGTON -- Nationals star Bryce Harper has been pulled early from a game after Washington manager Matt Williams said the young outfielder didn't hustle.
Harper was taken out after six innings in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 21-year-old Harper is a two-time All-Star known for his aggressive play.
But in the sixth inning, he hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath.
Asked why Harper was removed, Williams said: ''Lack of hustle. That's why he came out of the game.''
''He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times,'' the first-year manager said.
Harper said he understood the decision.
''I respect what he did,'' Harper said. ''That's part of the game.''