The Nationals were expected to activate outfielder Bryce Harper from the 10-day disabled list in advance of Monday’s series opener in Philadelphia, but they did not because Harper woke up with flulike symptoms, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports. Rain had fallen in Washington, D.C. on August 12 ahead of the Nationals’ game against the Giants. The Nationals are just concerned with getting him back in the flow of things in time for the playoffs.
BOX SCOREBefore beginning a season-ending six-game homestand Monday night, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin singled out Aaron Nola when asked about the positives of what is mostly a dismal 2017 season. Nola has really established himself, Mackanin said
The Mets (66-89) kick off their final homestand of the season with a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves (70-84) on Monday at 4:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field. Who is starting for the Mets? RHP Chris Flexen (7.13 ERA/6.87 FIP, 1.99 WHIP), who took the loss in his last start against the Astros on Sept. 3. He allowed seven runs on nine hits (two homers) in four innings. Flexen has been working out of the bullpen with his latest appearance coming on Sept. 20 against the Marlins. He went two innings allowing no hits while striking out one and walking two on eight batters faced. Who is starting for the Braves? RHP Lucas Sims (5.14 ERA/5.05 FIP, 1.41 WHIP), who earned the no-decision in his last start