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Harper looks good at Potomac

Jun 26, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Bryce Harper made his first rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Tuesday as he continues his return from left knee bursitis. Harper played three innings and had two at-bats, going 1-for-1 with a double, a walk, and a run against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

In Harper’s first at-bat against pitcher Alec Asher, he took a ball before hitting a pop fly to shallow left field. Normally a routine out, shortstop Edwin Garcia dropped it out of his glove on the play. Harper reached second and looked smooth on the base path, it was ruled a double.
While at second, Harper took a significant lead with right fielder Michael Taylor up at the plate. After throwing several pitches, Asher threw behind Harper and got him on the pickoff attempt. Harper slid head first into the bag, but looked fine trotting back to the dugout after getting up.
Baserunning is a key focus for the Nats at this point in Harper's recovery and he passed his first test with no issue.

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  1. Scooter - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Thanks for the report!

  2. SonnyG10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    What Scooter said…

  3. Will - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    I care very little about how well Harper hits. When his knee was killing him earlier, he was still hitting the ball well. But it's great to see him running well. Hopefully we'll see him back early next week!

  4. Scott Margenau - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Why wouldn't he play Friday???

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Thanks, Chase, for setting the scene and for the report. Hope Harper feels good tomorrow, uh, today and continues to progress through his rehab.

  6. Tcostant - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I heard Harper was the youngest guy on the team last night. I'm repeating below from the prior past, because it's on topic here:I read an interesting article a while back about baseball players ages. You always hear people like Boswell talk about 19 or 20 year old players from the past. But one main difference was before the 1970's you could start kindergarten in the year you turned 5 years old (so birthday up to December 31st). Since then, all public schools in the US now require that you turn 5 by June 30th (I think or around then). While this may not seem like a big deal, what it means is about half the kids are coming out of high school a full year later than kids born prior to the 1970's. Something to consider when reviewing baseball history. It really remarkable what Harper has been able to do, but it did take getting his GED before his HS graduation class in order to get to the draft sooner.

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    It was organized well by the pNats . The crowd who stayed for the whole game about50% saw a good game.Going to Dback game tonightGit front row seats tomorrow to PNats in case Harper is still there.

  8. Tcostant - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    So I assume Harper goes to join the Harrisburg Senators in Bowie on Friday. Can't get much closer than that for officials to keep an eye on him.

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