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Harper on target for Monday return

Jun 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

Associated Press

Bryce Harper's rehab tour will shift tonight from Virginia to Maryland and up one class in the Nationals' farm system, putting the star outfielder on track to come off the disabled list on Monday.

After playing the last two nights for Class A Potomac, Harper is scheduled to play nine innings tonight for Class AA Harrisburg, which is in nearby Bowie for the weekend. He would then sit out Friday before returning to Bowie on Saturday.

"I'd like to see him go nine innings, then probably take tomorrow off, then go back and play again," manager Davey Johnson said. "Just make sure everything's normal and stays calmed down."

Harper got five plate appearances over the last two nights at Potomac, going 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, a walk and aRead more ยป

  1. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Really glad to hear they're taking their time with Harper, making sure he's truly healed.

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Boooooo. I have front row tickets for PNats tonight.

  3. natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    What Eric said. Also, I'll always treasure my Bryce bobblehead, but it would have been even more awesome had he been running, with his helmet flying off, as pictured. :-)

  4. Tcostant - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    If the P-Nats don't get a new staduimm up soon, they might find all their customers just going to see the Loudoun Hounds instead in 2014 (http://www.loudounhounds.com/).

  5. Section 222 - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Great idea 1a. And if they could somehow get the helmet to be suspended in mid-air, even better!Imagine the excitement at Nats Park on Monday, especially if the Nats have won six straight by then…

  6. d'grviii 8 - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Just be sure not to display that Bryce bobblehead near any walls. They should have put that warning on the box, but they forgot.

  7. Another_Sam - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    I'm feeling upeat. I read down tonight's lineup and [almost] wonder: "Where's Bryce gonna hit?"

  8. James Joyce - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Why all of the drama about not announcing Jordan?

  9. jeeves - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Love it, that Jordan will be the pitcher. Liked him forever. (well, at least since he was drafted). Very curious how he will handle the pressure of his first major league start.

  10. jeeves - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Of course, I am assuming he will actually be the pitcher chosen.

  11. Ishmael - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Perhaps they have not announced Jordan because of the possibililty (even likelihood) of at least one rainout today or tomorrow, in which case he would not be needed Saturday?

  12. Tcostant - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I read that Davey said the kid (Taylor) has been told that he will be called up Saturday. I think it was the Washington Times where I read it.

  13. slidell2 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Taylor started the final exhibition game at Nats Park against the Yankees. So, he has already gotten his feet wet, so to speak.

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Monday Mondays, so good to me.

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