Washington Nationals manager Davey Martinez said he will talk to center fielder Bryce Harper about failing to run out a ground ball in the fifth inning of the team’s 4-2 loss to the New York Mets on Friday night.
“That’s a conversation I’ll have with Bryce tomorrow,” Martinez said. “He didn’t run that ball out the way I want him to, so we’ll talk about that tomorrow.”
Harper started jogging about halfway down the line.
Martinez defended Harper’s play in general, however, saying, “I have no beef with Bryce. He comes every day to play.”
The manager said he had a good work ethic, and that when he tries to give the six-time All-Star days off, he doesn’t want them. Harper will be one of the most prominent hosts for Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park, as well as Monday’s Home Run Derby.
The 2015 MVP is in the midst of a contract year and is having one of his worst seasons. While his power is still there — he has 23 home runs and 53 RBIs — he is batting only .214. When the All-Star results were announced Sunday, his average ranked 78th out of 81 qualified National League players.