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Nationals manager Williams bristles at suggestion he's thinking of sending Harper to minors


WASHINGTON — Nationals manager Matt Williams lashed out at the media Wednesday after being asked if he was considering sending slumping Bryce Harper to the minor leagues.

Earlier in the day, the first-year manager was asked on radio station 106.7 The Fan if it was a bad idea to option Harper to the minors.

He answered, "Generally, if you have young players, that's what you do. But this guy is a special young player."

On Wednesday afternoon before Washington faces the New York Mets, Williams was asked again. This time, he said: "I would caution everybody in this room: The minute you think you can read my freaking mind, you're sorely mistaken. It (ticks) me off ... I've had it. Don't do it anymore."

Harper has struggled since returning from thumb surgery.

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