2012 MLB Playoffs: Bryce Harper deals with strep throat

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Nats' outfielder battling strep throat while playing in NLDS.

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is playing in the National League Division Series while dealing with strep throat, the Washington Post's James Wagner is reporting. Harper, who went 0-for-5 in Monday's 12-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2, is taking antibiotics as he battles a fever and sore throat.

Harper's illness is not expected to keep him out of the Nats' lineup for Game 3 as the medicine is helping, says the 19-year-old. Tuesday's off day may also help improve Harper's health.

So far in his first postseason series, Harper has struggled, collecting just one hit in 10 at-bats. The left-handed hitter has no RBI, runs or extra-base hits.

On Wednesday, Harper will face St. Louis' right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter. During the season, Harper hit 16 of his 22 home runs with a .280 batting average against righties.

Game 3 of the NLDS is schedule to start at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted on MLB Network.

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