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Bryce Harper slugs three home runs at Double-A, expected to return to Nationals on Monday

Jun 29, 2014, 10:13 AM EST

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Bryce Harper sure seems excited to return to the Nationals’ active roster after missing the past two months following April 29 surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

The 21-year-old outfielder went 4-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI on Saturday night at Double-A Harrisburg, helping the Senators to a 10-4 rout of the Indians’ Eastern League affiliate. Harper is now 9-for-14 (.643) with four homers, a double, and 11 RBI on his five-game minor league rehab assignment.

James Wagner of the Washington Post heard from a source Saturday that Harper will be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday’s series-opener against the Rockies. The Nationals are off Sunday after playing a doubleheader at Wrigley Field on Saturday to accommodate the 45th annual Chicago Pride Parade.

Washington (43-38) is in a tie with Atlanta (43-38) at the top of the National League East standings.

  1. paperlions - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    People forget how young Harper is….during his rehab assignment in AA, he was the youngest player on his team and usually (if not always) the youngest player on either team playing a game.

    • joehahntpt - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      The only reason people hate on Bryce is because Mike Trout is so damn good. Both are going to be amazing players and everyone is quick to cast Harper off because he hasn’t been MVP caliber yet.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        The ONLY reason you say?

        There is MORE than just that sir…

        It’s called ATTITUDE… but he should grow out of it… hopefully…

        He IS a talented ball player…

      • karlkolchak - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Exactly what “attitude” are you referring to? Perhaps the one he had as an amateur that he left behin three years ago?

        Time to update your news sources.

  2. hoopmatch - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Sportsfan18: You mean’t “Nattitude,” right?

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      No. The poster I was responding to said that the “ONLY” reason people hate on Bryce is because Mike Trout is so good.

      He said that was the ONLY reason.

      So, if Trout were NOT good, NO ONE would be hating on Bryce then…

      Bryce would STILL be hated on… on Sports Illustrated at 16, such fan fare (not saying it wasn’t deserved – but there are people you know that hate on those in these situations) and expectations…

      Also, many stories about how he gets along or doesn’t with teammates etc…

      There ARE other reasons why Bryce gets hated on than the poster who said the “ONLY” reason was because Trout was good.

      He’s obviously incorrect. Many folks hate on Bryce and for MANY reasons, not JUST because Trout is good.

      And there is more to it than Nattitude as well…

      • voteforno6 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        What stories about him not getting along with his teammates? I haven’t heard any of those, and I’m pretty certain that I follow the Nats a lot more closely than you do. Or, do you mean the stories about Mike Trout not getting along with his teammates? I have heard those…

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        18: I like the spirit and overall knowledge in most of your posts.
        But have you EVER posted WITHOUT including CAPS?

      • kelsocarpenter - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Knowledge? He has YET to point out ANYTHING specifically supporting his claim that Bryce Harper has ATTITUDE problems. Sports illustrated at 16. Yep, that was his fault. Not getting along with teammates? REALLY? I haven’t heard/read that. Running into the wall? What a jerk. Beaned in his first game and then stealing home? Man, this guy has problems. Getting ejected from a couple games? Yeah, NO ONE does that unless they have a bad attitude. Perhaps he’s referring to that one time like 3 years ago when he blew a kiss to the pitcher.

        KNOWLEDGE?! No, sportsfan18 is regurgitating a lazy, trendy, and shallow sports opinion. Don’t just repeat what you heard Colin Cowheard say two years ago. Think for yourself, bud.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        @stlouis1baseball

        Puig has his bat flips and I have my CAPS…

        every keyboard has a cap button and I just make sure mine doesn’t get bored is all…

        Wish my Cubs were a tenth as good as the Cards…

        It’s just a part of what I do on these boards, part of my style… just by looking at one of my standard posts, folks KNOW it’s from me… don’t have to read, just see it and they know…

        Like using stats (I use PER on the basketball site all the time…)

  3. phillysports1 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Yasiel Puig is hole a lot better.

    • jwbiii - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      and two years older.

    • billybawl - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Shoot, Mickey Mantle was WAY better than Harper. Harper should just give up now.

      • jwbiii - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        I dunno.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/scomp_bat.cgi?I=harpebr03:Bryce%20Harper&st=int&compage=20&age=20

    • karlkolchak - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Yep–he’s an a hole all right.

  4. westcoastredbird - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Dude would look great in a Cardinal uniform. Come on Mo make this work. This offense is inept at best. I saw it first hand Sat and Sun.

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