Manager Davey Johnson said left fielder Bryce Harper would not be suspended or fined by Major League Baseball for being ejected in Sunday's 6-2 win at Pittsburgh. Harper was ejected by third-base umpire John Hirschbeck for disputing a checked-swing third strike.
"That's great. I'm glad I don't have to pay the $1,000. That's another $1,000 in my pocket, so that's good," Harper said. "That's Major League Baseball's decision and I respect that definitely and if I was to get fined I'd respect that, too."
Harper tried to hold up on a 2-2 pitch from Wandy Rodriguez and home-plate umpire Bob Davidson pointed to Hirschbeck for help. Hirschbeck ruled that Harper had swung.
Harper stood outside the batter's box, stared at Hirschbeck for a few moments and dropped his bat. Hirschbeck then tossed Harper out of the game.
"It really turned out good," Johnson said. "I wanted to give him a day off anyway and so the umpire helped me out there. He got a day off and with the day off (Monday) he's got two days off, so he should be ready to go for quite a while."
Harper now has three days off to deal with a bruise on his left side he sustained when he ran into the outfield wall attempting to make a catch April 30 in Atlanta.
"It's feeling a little bit better," Harper said. "Those past four or five days we were on the road it didn't feel very good."
With a steady rain falling late in the afternoon and a forecast calling for more, Tuesday's game was postponed and rescheduled for 4:05 p.m. Thursday.
Sanchez went 8-0 with a 1.97 ERA in 19 career starts against the Nationals while with the Marlins. Zimmermann began Tuesday tied for the National League lead in wins and third in ERA.