VIERA, Fla. (AP) Bryce Harper scrapped the pad he had planned to wear on his swollen left thumb.
After missing a game because of the injury, Harper singled twice, doubled and stole two bases Sunday in the Washington Nationals' rain-shortened 9-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Harper got hurt when he was jammed with a pitch Friday. He didn't feel comfortable swinging with the pad.
"I can't wear it," he said. "I'll wear it during BP and in the on-deck circle, but going to the plate ... I don't like the feeling."
He singled in the first and third innings and doubled in the fifth, all against Kris Medlen.
"I didn't really feel it," Harper said. "It's a case of squaring a ball up, and getting jammed. If you don't get jammed, you're not going to feel it and if you do, it's going to look like a balloon."
In a game called after seven innings because of bad weather, Danny Espinosa went 3 for 3 with a three-run homer.
There were 20 mph winds at the start and tornado warnings in the surr...