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There’s a possibility Bryce Harper returns to the Nationals on Monday

Jun 26, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman suggests that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper could return to the team on Monday, the final day of June. Harper will play seven innings in right field in tonight’s game, then will play a full nine in center on Friday. Following an off-day on Saturday, Harper will play in left field on Sunday. The Nationals will gauge his progress from there.

Harper has been on the disabled list since April 26 after suffering a torn UCL in his left thumb on a head-first slide. Up until the injury, Harper had slashed .289/.352/.422 with one home run and nine RBI in 91 plate appearances. Getting Harper back would be a boost for the Nationals, who enter Thursday’s action with a tenuous one-game first place lead in the NL East.

  1. karlkolchak - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Once Harper comes back, the Nats will essentially have everybody they were counting on coming out of spring training. How many other teams can say that? In other words, no more excuses.

    • baberuthslegs - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Strasburg can find an excuse.

    • thenaturalmevs - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      I mean; no more excuses until Harper gets hurt again right? Anyone who has watched him knows that’s inevitable.

  2. stercuilus65 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Wow my heart is pounding, the boy wonder is coming back. All is right with the world!

  3. goskinsvt - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    The 2014 Nationals have had their entire opening day lineup together for…6 1/2 innings all season, when Wilson Ramos broke his hand in the 7th inning on opening day. Pretty strong that they are actually in 1st.

    • jss1330 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      Even then Fister was on the DL

  4. missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Nice to have him back and nice to stay in first place, but this is the worst division in baseball. Oh wait, the Nats just took a series from the Brewers who have the 2nd best record in the league and that was with Strasburg having another miserable start. Watch out for Roark. Guy wasn’t even supposed to be a starter at this point in his career. Harper, Strasburg, Roark all fast tracked to the Majors, I’m not mad with the results

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