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Nationals' Bryce Harper scratched with right knee soreness

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper laughs at a called third strike by home plate umpire Greg Gibson during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in W... (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper laughs at a called third strike by home plate umpire Greg Gibson during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in W...
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, left, is attended to by trainer Paul Lessard and manager Dave Martinez, after he was hit on the leg by a pitch during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves... (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, left, is attended to by trainer Paul Lessard and manager Dave Martinez, after he was hit on the leg by a pitch during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves...

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals scratched outfielder Bryce Harper from Thursday's lineup with right knee soreness.

Atlanta reliever Dan Winkler hit Harper just below the right knee in the seventh inning of the Braves' 8-3 victory on Wednesday. Washington manager Dave Martinez said X-rays on Harper were negative.

"We thought he was going to be OK," Martinez said. "He was out there trying to get loose this morning, and just couldn't get loose. It was pretty swollen. So rather than him trying to play through it, we thought the best option would be having him come off the bench if we need him.

"He's going to stay in and get treatment."

Harper, the 2015 National League MVP and a six-time All-Star, is hitting .234 with 28 home runs and 71 RBIs. He leads the NL in walks (88) and ranks third in the league in homers.

Michael Taylor replaced Harper in the lineup in center.

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