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Good news for Washington Nationals fans everywhere, Bryce Harper is starting his comeback. Starting Tuesday, Harper will begin rehab at Class A Potomac. This is early even in Harper’s opinion. Before the Rockies game on Saturday Harper believed he wouldn’t be ready until at least Wednesday or Thursday.
After a positive practice Monday at Nationals Park, the Nats organization decided he could begin playing without worrying about further injury to his left knee. The outfielder was hitting line drives during batting practice and looked solid as he was running the bases. Harper has been sidelined since May 26th with bursitis in his knee after colliding with the scoreboard in Dodger Stadium.
Harper said he wants to play at least six games in the minors to bring his swing back before returning. Nationals Manager Davey Johnson thinks it’ll take fewer for Harper to get back to his original self.
Harper is very excited to start in Potomac. Not only because he will be playing baseball again but he will be reunited with former teammates and former manager Brian Daubauch, his first professional manager. He could also go up against his brother Bryan, a left-handed reliever at Hagerstown.
If everything goes well in Potomac, it is speculated Harper could be back in his 34 jersey in time for the weekend series with the New York Mets at Citi Field.
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And so, after Davey Johnson and Bryce Harper famously differed in opinon on the timetable for Harper's first rehab start over the weekend, it seems Harper's take-it-slow stance has changed. Maybe Harper was inspired by the Bobblehead Day crowd? Regardless, he'll start Tuesday night for the P-Nats.
Good for the P-Nats, who missed out on the Harper-Strasburg...
So today was Bryce Harper Bobblehead day at Nationals Park, and Harper apparently put on a show during batting practice (photo of Harper taking his hacks by @ZacBoyer), his first since going down with his knee injury almost a month ago. Harper was impressed with the standing ovation and adoration he received from the early arriving crowd:
Well that felt unreal! #BP #Lovethefans...
The sun rises, the sun sets, and Jayson Werth suffers another injury due to...dehydration? Up above, Jayson Werth giving the cut sign to the Nats dugout after his base hit in the fourth inning.
"I think it’s a situation where I’ve been kind of sick the last couple of days, haven’t really eaten a whole lot, probably pretty dehydrated." (Jayson Werth, via Washington...
Jordan Zimmermann hasn't lost at Nationals Park in more than 13 months. He'll look to make it 20 consecutive home starts without a defeat when he takes the mound against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Zimmermann (10-3, 2.26 ERA) is 7-0 with a 0.92 ERA in eight home starts this season, and the Nationals (38-38) have won his last 11 outings in the nation's capital...
It's funny how things turn out.
The Nationals are expected to place Dan Haren on the disabled list Tuesday with right shoulder stiffness, three days after he gave up six earned runs in 3 13 innings in a loss to the Rockies that pushed his ERA to 6.15. Haren is not convinced his shoulder is an issue, telling the Washington Post, "I don't know. What'd they say?"...
Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth recently returned from a hamstring injury, and he's now hampered by a groin ailment. The slugger expects to rejoin the Nationals' lineup tomorrow, but Sports Chiropractor Dr. Ray Solano cautions that the injuries could linger and require another stint on the disabled list if not treated properly.
Jayson Werth is hoping to...
The Squirrel was on high alert yesterday when he sent over a picture of this dude rocking a Nationals hat in the Karate Kid. Well, it just so happens that the previous franchise in Washington – the Senators – rocked a similar W so we may have to give this guy even more credit for rocking a Washington Senators hat. Karate Kid just pulling out all the stops even in wardrobe.
Gio finally gets a win behind increased offense from Nats, LaRoche. [WP]
Bryce Harper looks like his old self at rehab start in Woodbridge. [NI]
Sights and sounds from Harper’s minor league start. [Nats Enquirer]
Orioles snap 4-game losing streak behind Alexi Casilla (?) power. [BS]
Crush Davis and Manny Machado are on pace to break O’s records. [CC]
Joining RGIII/Harper club...
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The Washington Nationals have placed pitcher Dan Haren on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Haren, 32, has made 15 starts for the Nationals. In Haren’s last start on Saturday he went 3 1/3 innings allowing seven hits and six runs. Haren has struggled this season since signing a one-year $13 million contract over the winter.
Overall Haren has a 4...
Entering the season, it would have seemed foolish to suggest the Washington Nationals would eventually be in the market for rotation assistance this summer. Impressive young arms Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler and Cy Young Award-candidate Gio Gonzalez were joined by former ace Dan Haren. However, following Haren's move to the disabled list, the Nationals...
When I decided I wanted to write this post on The Nationals Archive, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to say about them or how I was going to say it, but I knew I wanted to learn more about the site that everyone in NatsTown, from fans to players to media, has started to notice. Earlier this week, I asked questions of The Archive’s eight members, and while I didn’t directly...
During a lengthy stretch when he pitched well but received scant offensive support, Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez said and did all the right things.
Tuesday night his patience was rewarded.
Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and Gonzalez won for the first time since May 5 as the Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 7-5.
The Nationals led 6-0 after five innings and snapped a two...
Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and Gio Gonzalez won for the first time since May 5 as the Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 7-5 Tuesday night.
Jayson Werth added a double, RBI-single and two walks for Washington, which led 6-0 after five innings and snapped a two-game skid.
Gonzalez (4-3) went 6 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits. He struck out four and walked one...
Arizona almost made one of their patented rallies, but in the end the Nationals went home with the victory Tuesday night, beating the Diamondbacks, 7-5.
Though his win-loss record doesn't show it, Gio Gonzalez has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball for the past six weeks.
The Washington Nationals hope to provide enough run support for Gonzalez to earn his first victory in that span as they host the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Gonzalez (3-3, 3.34 ERA) has a 2.18 ERA over his last eight starts...