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Nationals option Bryce Harper to Single-A Hagerstown

Mar 12, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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C’mon Nats fans, you knew this sneak preview would end eventually.

Though the Nationals didn’t include last year’s No.1 overall pick Bryce Harper in their first round of cuts yesterday, he was sent to low-Class A Hagerstown following this afternoon’s win over the Yankees, according to Mark Zuckerman of

The Nationals insisted that Harper had no chance to make the team out of spring training, so today’s news doesn’t come as a surprise. Still, the 18-year-old hitting sensation was pretty impressive in limited action. After striking out twice on just seven pitches in his Grapefruit League debut against the Mets, Harper went 7-for-16 with three doubles and five RBI. He was hit by a pitch in his only at-bat against the Yankees this afternoon.

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo hasn’t ruled out Harper playing in the majors this season, but the most likely scenario is that he arrives as a September call-up.

  1. umrguy42 - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Just let me know when(/if) he makes his first start at AA(?) Syracuse, so I know to watch out for the traffic on the way home from work.

    (Seriously, when Strasbourg made his first start for the Chiefs, traffic was crazy on my way home from work, which goes right past the ballpark up here.)

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