Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper decided not to hustle again (GIF)

Mar 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) reaches on an infield single to second against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning of an opening day baseball game at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 9-7. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The spotlight of stardom can get pretty warm and for Bryce Harper, it’s something he’s learning the hard way.

Just days after Harper was yanked by manager Matt Williams for a lack of hustle (ironically on a day where the game program featured a story on Harper’s hustle), the outfielder did it again.

Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Anaheim Angels, Harper hit a routine ground ball to the second baseman. The young talent decided to nonchalantly trot down to first base, just making it to the halfway point (give or take) by the time he had already been thrown out.

Rumors of a potential quad injury could be reason for the lack of hustle, though the fact he’s drawn the ire of Williams suggests that may not be an acceptable notion.

Should be interesting to see if Williams has anything further to say regarded Harper’s inability to get down the first base line with normal effort.

H/T DC Sports Nexus

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