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Bryce Harper rejoins the Nationals, pushing Ryan Zimmerman back to third base

Jun 30, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

Bryce Harper AP

As expected, the Nationals have activated Bryce Harper from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Rockies after the outfielder missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb that required surgery.

Harper finished up his minor-league rehab assignment by smacking three homers in a Double-A game and went 9-for-14 (.643) with four homers on the rehab stint overall.

Harper will resume starting every day in left field, where Ryan Zimmerman has been playing since returning from the disabled list himself in early June. Zimmerman has played well there defensively considering he was a career-long third baseman and spoke last week about actually preferring to remain in the outfield because of his chronic shoulder problems, but he hit just .198 in 25 games as a left fielder and the Nationals have said all along that he’ll move back to the infield once Harper is ready.

There could be some drama and tough decisions on the horizon if Zimmerman’s throwing issues or shoulder problems resurface, but for now the Nationals are at full strength with a 43-38 record and half the season remaining.

  1. davemvh - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    In other news,my dog pooped on the neighbors steps today.

    • karlkolchak - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Congrats–you win the award for dumbest comment of the day.

  2. stoutfiles - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Harper’s back! Oh man he’s going to help the Nationals so much annnndddddd he’s hurt again.

  3. chinahand11 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Here’s hoping Bryce tears up the league. And grow out of this nagging injury thing.

  4. jerze2387 - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    And fans may want to stop purchasing tickets along the first base side again to avoid the errant zimmerman air mail packages

    • bisonaudit - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      “Hang on, Millie. Here we go again.”

  5. cabrera24 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Harper is garbage. So overrated

    • simalex - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      his first two seasons — at age 20 and 21 — compare to al kaline and ken griffey jr. i’ll take that kind of overrated any day.

      • kelsocarpenter - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        “Harper is garbage. So overrated.”

        A) His numbers as a 19-20 year old were better than Mantle. So…
        B) How can you be overrated at 21? He literally has two decades of baseball left in him.
        C) Stop making the lazy, easy, trendy argument and do some research. You’ll be better for it.

  6. duckyjimpond - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Best player on the Nationals is Anthony Rendon.

    The strickout twins are Desmond and the awful Espinosa. Please Nats put Espinosa on the bench before he leads Desmond to 200 stikeouts

    Rendon at second and zimm back at third. Desmond needs to learn not to swing for homers everytime strikes out way to much, leaves way to many men in scoring position stranded on base–is not a clutch player like Ryan Zimm or Rendon.

  7. duckyjimpond - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Espinosa SUCKS–get rid of him–send him to Syracuse. He will never hit big league pitching.

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