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Nats activate Harper from DL

Jun 30, 2014, 2:49 PM EST

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The Nationals made official on Monday the activation of Bryce Harper from the disabled list, setting up his expected return to the lineup after missing more than two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Reliever Xavier Cedeno was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move.

Harper has been out since April 25 when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left hand while sliding into third base against the San Diego Padres. He had surgery to repair the ligament on April 29 and played five minor league rehab games this past week to complete his recovery.

In those five games split between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg, Harper went 9-for-14 with five home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored. He capped off his rehab assignment with a three homer performance with the Senators on Saturday night.

Harper will join the Nationals with a .289 average on the season through 22 games. In 91 plate appearances he has one home run and nine RBI on the year.

Through three MLB seasons, Harper holds a .273 average with 43 home runs in 279 career games.

  1. Section 222 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Here we go. I’ll settle for a single dinger tonight, Bryce.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      I’ll settle for a curly w.

  2. scnatsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Jmax DFA’d today. The majors aren’t big enough for him and Harper.

  3. philipd763 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Williams will probably announce tonights lineup at 7:09 PM. Why the big secret regarding the player headed to the bench?

  4. Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Heck, I’ll be happy to get the bobblehead.
    And I’ll be thankful for every game that neither Bryce, or anybody else on the Nats, doesn’t get injured. I really would like to see a week of Fourth of July fireworks from this “new” lineup, whatever it ends up being.


  5. laddieblahblah - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    NL – “Laddie, this “psychological” stuff does nothing for me.”

    Ok. Fair enough, but you never had to hit against Bob Gibson, either, or pitch to Mickey Mantle with the game on the line. You don’t believe the sight of Craig Kimbrel strolling to the mound in the 9th inning does not have a psychological effect, both on the Braves and whoever they are playing?

    Watch the next time Desmond comes up to hit against Kimbrel if you want to see a player intimidated by a pitcher’s presence on the mound. Chances are 3 out of 4 that Ian strikes out. You can write that down and see for yourself when the time comes, again.

    • NatsLady - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      You’re kidding about Kimbrel, right? My recollection is the Nats aren’t afraid of Kimbrel. He just blew a save in his last appearance against the Nats.

      Now, Kershaw….

      A pitcher is different than a team. A team might find Kershaw intimidating if he has his good stuff. That doesn’t mean they find the Dodgers intimidating. It also doesn’t mean they wouldn’t hit Kershaw if he gave them an opening. Same as the Brewers when they had their “B” lineup against Stras, and plastered him.

    • NatsLady - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      On the same topic, Span said something revealing a while back. Some guy quick pitched him (I forgot who, and that’s how he got in the habit of stretching out his hand until he’s ready). Anyway, Span said, “There was no need for that, I’ve competed against him for years… ” That’s how he thinks, probably how most of them think. It’s a competition, me against him. Why wouldn’t you think, in that moment, against that one guy, that you can win the competition? You would, if you are a major-leaguer. You’d want to put your best in competition with his best, and WIN.

      • Section 222 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Wasn’t it Cliff Lee who quick pitched him?

        It seems lots of players in the minors seem to do that holding out the arm thing. Not so many in the majors. Span, David Ortiz, Braun. Can’t think of any others.

  6. Another_Sam - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I’m maintaining radio silence until the lineup is posted.

  7. langleyclub - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Even if RZ plays a league average 3B for the rest of the season, clear that the Nats’ future has Rendon at 3B. Espinosa has tools, but at some point, becoming increasingly clear that he is not going to get in done in DC.

    Wonder if the Nats would consider making a major move for a 2B (Altuve, Dozier, Profar), in exchange for Espinosa and some combination of the Nats close to MLB ready talent in AAA (including Trienen, Souza, Walters, Moore, Hill).





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