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Bryce Harper runs and throws in first rehab workout

Sep 1, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

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Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper hasn’t played in a game at Double-A Harrisburg since straining his right hamstring on August 18.

Harper won’t return to action before Harrisburg’s regular season schedule is through, but he could be ready in time for the Eastern League playoffs, which begin on Wednesday of next week.

According to Pete Kerzel of MASN, Harper went through his first rehab workout on Thursday in Pennsylvania, reporting no lingering pain or discomfort in his right hammy. He ran at about half-speed from right field to center field, played catch, then practiced his outfield throws.

Harper, 18, batted .297/.392/.501 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 109 games this season between Single-A and Double-A. He has already committed to playing in the Arizona Fall League.

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