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Bryce Harper says he’s ‘probably not’ going to make the Nationals

Mar 13, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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But he added, “It’s all good, though.”

Bruce Harper is expected back in Washington’s lineup on Wednesday after missing six days with a calf injury, but he thinks it’s already too late for him to win a spot on the Opening Day roster.

“Probably not,” he answered when asked if he thinks he still has a chance to go north with the team.

The 19-year-old Harper was 5-for-11 before hurting his calf last week. Still, as talented as he is, his Double-A numbers last year didn’t really suggest that he was ready for the challenge of the majors at such a young age. Besides, there’s strong financial incentive for the Nationals to send him down for a month or two.

The Nationals appear likely to let Rick Ankiel and Roger Bernadina continue to battle it out for playing time in center field into the regular season. Jayson Werth is expected to eventually move to center for Harper, but he’ll continue to play right field for now.

  1. natstowngreg - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    He says it’s all good. We’ll see.

    Look, I’ve never denied Harper has maturity issues. Just thought they were overblown, considering he’s still a teenager. Hopefully, he really means what he says, and will work hard at Harrisburg and/or Syracuse. Then, come up when he’s ready and be part of the middle of the Nats’ batting order for oh, the next 15 years.

  2. seanb20124 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    He will be up soon enough.

  3. bbk1000 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    From a distance it almost appears Harper’s dad sold Bryce’s soul long ago….the Nats have been following the same formula it would seem….let’s see what happens here….it should be fun…

  4. stex52 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    You know, if we all just leave he kid alone for a year or two he will probably mature just fine and have a good career. I am sick of hearing from him, but that’s not his fault. Everytime I look at the sports section there is something about him having a hangnail or something.

    Leave him alone, people!

  5. rooney24 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    The kid may have made some mistakes and done a few immature things in the past. But, he was a kid. He is at least saying the right things in public at this point. That is at least a step in the right direction. If he just keeps playing hard, with his talent, he has a very high chance to be at least a solid major league starter, if not a star.

  6. tropboi11 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    There is no need to rush the kid to the bigs, he is going to be a star soon enough

  7. Walk - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Washington has an exciting team. If a player like harper does not make their roster initially that is a testament to the team he will eventually join and not a knock against harper himself. The better the team is i would think the better the chances of him wantting to stay, financial situation aside, when his arbitration years are up. Yep i am getting ahead of myself a bit but from what i have senn he is gonna make it barring serious injuries.

  8. larrytsg - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    BRUCE?? Did we promote him to “The Boss” status already?

    Sorry, just had to do that.

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