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Bryce Harper back in Nationals’ lineup despite ankle bruise

Jul 22, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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Good news, people: Bryce Harper is not fragile.

According to beat writer Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, the 19-year-old outfielder is back in the Nationals’ starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Braves despite departing the first half of Saturday’s doubleheader because of an ankle bruise that he suffered on a first-inning foul tip.

It looked like a painful injury, but he singled as a pinch-hitter in Game 2 on Saturday night and was only displaying a slight limp as he ran to first base.

Harper is hitting .270/.341/.442 with eight home runs, 12 stolen bases, 26 RBI and 47 runs scored through the first 73 games of his major league career. He will bat second in Sunday’s series-finale with Atlanta.

  1. jon623 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Gritty. I love it. Way to be, kid.

  2. braddavery - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Eye of the tiger.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Harper has some hockey player in him, unfortunately a far too uncommon trait in MLB players today.
    I’m looking at you Aramis Ramirez

  4. mvpolamalu - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    This is why i hate when people criticize Harper

  5. whodeytn - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Thank god he’s back. What would ESPN do without showing every one of his at bats??? I swear, if this guy wins NL ROY…

    • kkolchak - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Whatever it is, I hope you do it.

    • ajcardsfan - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      ” I swear, if this guy wins NL ROY…”
      You’ll throw a tantrum for a kid that deserves the award?

  6. Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Drew, how dare you disrespect Trout by writing a Harper post without having a corresponding Trout post ready to go.

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