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The Washington Nationals optioned 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse where he can get experience in center field.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said after the team's 11-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday that the timing wasn't right for the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft to make the team out of training camp. When Harper is likely called up later this season he could play center field because the team is thin at that position. He played mostly in right this spring.
Jayson Werth, who played a lot of center field in camp, will go back to right field.
Harper was 8 for 28 (.286) in the Grapefruit League, including a 1-for-5 performance Sunday - he struck out in his first four at-bats, then doubled.
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Bryce Harper is all of 19 years of age and already fans are clamoring for him to make to Washington Nationals opening day roster.
So far this spring Harper is 5-11, good for a .455 batting average. In his first year of professional baseball, Harper hit .318 with 14 home runs in 72 games in Class A, but only hit .256 with three homers in 37 games in Double A.
It appears the Nationals...
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was a last-minute scratch from Thursday's game against the Houston Astros. A team spokesman said the 19-year-old had left-calf tightness and is listed as day-to-day.
He could be seen in the dugout during the game.
Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, is getting a chance to win the starting right field job this spring...
Right before the Washington Nationals spring contest with the Houston Astros, top prospect OF Bryce Harper was scratched with tightness in his left calf, according to the Nationals Public Relations Twitter account. He is listed as day-to-day.
Harper has had an impressive spring so far, going 5-for-11 in his first five exhibition games, as he competes against all odds to make the...
And so, on the same day Bryce Harper was scratched from a spring training game with a calf strain ("I never felt it before. That was the weird thing. I felt it this morning. I have no clue what's going on right here") and put on the shelf for a few days, 106.7 The Fan DC's own Chad Dukes (Bryce Harper's biggest fan!!1!!!11!) went on the radio in Philly to talk...
Nationals prospect Bryce Harper became a media and fan target when he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16 in 2009. Since then, he’s been ejected from the JUCO World Series, worn a faux hawk haircut, blown a kiss to an opposing pitcher, and named his puppy “Swag.” After that laundry list of offenses, it’s easy to see why he’s so despised and why he closed...
Bryce Harper plays professional baseball for the Washington Nationals organization. Just in case you've been living on Mars. In a cave. Under a rock. With your fingers in your ears. (Guess the pop culture reference in the Comments section)Bryce Harper is in his first Spring Training as a professional baseball player, and hasn't even played a regular season game in the Major...
While Bryce Drew won’t be returning to the NCAA tournament this year after losing to Detroit in the Horizon League championship Tuesday night, the future is looks rosy for the first-year head coach.
The storyline of Drew, who arguably hit the greatest NCAA tournament shot in the last 20 years, returning to March Madness while both his parents battle cancer, would have been media...
(Hey, that's a photo of Bryce Harper with Peter Gammons, via @NationalsPR.)
After playing in every game of the spring so far, Bryce Harper finally got a day off on Wednesday. And a well-deserved day off, too. Harper's aggressiveness apparently got the best of him on Tuesday; bet this won't be the last time you read those words over the next few years. Adam Kilgore...
Gio makes killer debut, goes 3 scoreless, touches 95. [WaPo]
106.7 launches #FUPhilly campaign. [Nats Enquirer]
Davey wants Werth to be more aggressive. [Nats Journal]
A “humble” Bryce Harper doing right things to make Show. [Wash. Times]
Caps blow two-goal lead, lose in OT to Carolina. [Japers Rink]
Video explanation of Orlov’s 10-min. misconduct. [Puck Daddy]
Top Nationals prospect Bryce Harper was a last-minute scratch because of a tight left calf and Houston Astros starter Livan Hernandez left in the third inning after being hit by a line drive in a game won by Washington 8-0 Thursday.
Ryan Zimmerman, whose liner hit Hernandez, had his first home run of the spring among his two hits and two RBIs. Nationals starter Edwin Jackson struck...
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Last night on The Baseball Show co-hosts Mike Rosenbaum of The Golden Sombrero and MJ Lloyd of Off-Base Percentage and I discussed the following:
-With spring training in session, which starts are we impressed by?
-Basic fantasy baseball talk in leading up to our fantasy draft next week
-Bryce Harper talk (which probably should become a weekly, formal segment)
-How does Brett Lawrie...
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Bryce Harper woke up with tightness in his left calf so, after he failed to get it loose, the Nationals scratched their top prospect from Thursday's game against Houston. Astros starter Livan Hernandez left under much scarier terms.
Hernandez was hit in the lower right leg by a drive off Ryan Zimmerman's bat in the bottom of the third inning of Washington...
It’s been a while since we’ve thrown it around. Let’s plan on making this more of a regular occurrence now that it’s baseball season. Here’s a look at some interesting baseball reads around the internet for this March spring day:
-How Aaron Gleeman (baseball blogger/Hardball Talk) lost 150+ pounds. Pretty inspiring. [Aaron Gleeman.com]
-FanGraphs is positionally ranking...