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34 Bryce Harper LF
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 10/16/1992 | Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 99/88 | Average Draft Position: 32.65
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Bryce Harper debuts new stance, rips three hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper picked up three hits Friday against the Brewers.

Harper debuted a new stance during the game. He appeared to stand more upright at the plate. The stance seemed to help, as Harper ripped a line drive to right, singled up the middle and belted his third home run of the year. 

Harper finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. He's hitting .260, with three home runs. 


Bryce Harper manages solo home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper only had one hit Friday, but made it count.

In the seventh inning, Harper stepped to the plate with no runners on. He clobbered a 90 mph sinker out to right field for the solo shot on the second pitch of the at-bat. Harper finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. The big fly was his second home run of the season. 


Bryce Harper working on getting timing back at the plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is batting just .222 (4 for 18) in five games since returning from the disabled list. Harper said he agrees with manager Matt Williams' decision to drop him from second to sixth in the lineup while he works on his timing at the plate.

"I think it's going to take a little time to get back into it. I'm trying to have good at-bats and not chase bad pitches," Harper said. "I'm trying to get in a groove again and trying to get going. With two months off, it's kind of tough trying to get back and do things."

Harper, however, is pleased with his progress, especially after hitting an opposite-field single Saturday against the Cubs.

"When I hit the ball the opposite side, that's huge," Harper said. "I can hit the ball to left pretty well and feel good about it. That's a good sign. We won the ballgame yesterday and that's the biggest thing. That's all I ever care about. I know my swing is going to come. It will get there. If we win a ballgame, it will be a lot easier to get going."


Manager explains switch of Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Matt Williams has explained the flip-flopping of Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon in the lineup Friday for the Nationals against the Cubs. Harper was moved up from sixth to second after having complained about hitting down in the lineup.

"I think it's a question of trying to create a little bit with Bryce at the top of the lineup, especially against a righty," Williams told the Washington Post. "We've faced three lefties the last three games. I wanted to give him some opportunity to drive runs in and the same holds true for Anthony in that regard. Bryce at the top of the lineup against the right-handed pitcher, he can create some stuff."

It remains to be seen if the switch becomes permanent against both righties and lefties.


Bryce Harper has no issues with manager


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has nothing but respect for manager Matt Williams, according to The Washington Post.

The two haven't exactly had the smoothest transition this season. Williams benched Harper earlier in the year for not hustling, and Harper seemed to question Williams' lineup decisions on his first day back. Those issues appear to be overblown, as the two downplayed the problems. 

"I got Bryce’s back in every way," Williams said. "That will not change. I want him to play every day, and I want him to play the way Bryce knows how to play."

Harper is hitting .287/.350/.415 over 94 at-bats.


Bryce Harper starts in left field, hits sixth in return to lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper returned to left field in his first game off the disabled list Monday against the Rockies. Harper, who has been sidelined since late April with a thumb injury, also hit sixth against Yohan Flande.

Bryce Harper activated off DL Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was activated from the 15-day disabled list as expected Monday. Harper has been sidelined since late April due to thumb surgery.

Report: Bryce Harper expected to return Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (thumb) was not in the lineup for Double-A Harrisburg Sunday, signaling he's expected to return to the Washington roster Monday against the Rockies, per The Washington Post.

Harper connected for three home runs and totaled five RBI Saturday for Harrisburg. He is batting .643 (9 for 14) with one double, four home runs, seven runs and 11 RBI in five rehab games between Harrisburg and Class A Potomac.


Bryce Harper homers three times in possible rehab finale


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to return from the disabled list Monday barring a setback, and he showed himself to be ready during Saturday's game at Double-A Harrisburg.  

Harper went 4 for 5 Saturday, with three home runs against Akron. He drove in five runs and scored three, in his third rehab game in a row. Harper has been out since late April with a thumb injury, but has been able to play in the outfield during his rehab assignment. 


Matt Williams now staying mum on starting lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams will not reveal how he'll employ his lineup once Bryce Harper returns, according to The Washington Post

Williams had previously outlined a situation where Ryan Zimmerman would shift back to third, pushing Danny Espinosa out of the lineup. Harper is expected to see time at all three outfield spots once he returns, which could give Williams more flexibility. It's unclear if Williams will stick with that plan moving forward, or if he has something else up his sleeve. 


Bryce Harper's rehab going 'great'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is in a good spot following Friday's rehab game.

Nationals manager Matt Williams said everything went "great" during the start. Harper could return as early as Monday, so it's promising to see him get through his rehab games without any issues. There's a chance Harper will serve as the designated hitter during a rehab start Saturday.


Bryce Harper set to return Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper played seven innings in his rehab debut for Double-A Harrisburg Thursday, his first extended game action since suffering a thumb injury in late April.

Harper went 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout before he was lifted in the seventh inning. His early exit was to be expected, as the team's plan all along has called for Harper to play seven innings Thursday. He will then play a full nine innings Friday, before taking Saturday off and playing Sunday.

Manager Matt Williams told MLB.com he thinks Harper could return to the Nationals lineup as early as Monday in Colorado. 


Bryce Harper all but set to play Thursday for Harrisburg


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Rehabbing Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper appears set to continue his minor league stint Thursday for Double-A Harrisburg, according to the Washington Post. He played three innings for Class A Potomac on Monday.

Harper has been out of the Washington lineup since April 25 with a thumb injury.


Bryce Harper unsure about playing all three outfield spots


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is unsure about playing all three outfield spots during his rehab, according to The Washington Post

"I kind of like it and I kind of don’t," Harper said. "I want to get comfortable in one spot." Harper is expected to receive time at all three positions in order to give him more versatility once he returns to the majors. While Harper said staying in one spot would be ideal, he admitted that he understands why he needs to get time at each spot. "Being able to play left, play center, play right is something I need down here," Harper said.


Bryce Harper plays three innings in left field in rehab debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper began a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac Monday, singling and drawing a walk in two plate appearances while playing three innings in left field.

Harper is scheduled to play five innings Tuesday before taking Wednesday off. He is expected to see time at all three outfield positions during his rehab assignment. Harper has been sidelined since late April while recovering from thumb surgery.


Nationals map out plan for Bryce Harper's rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters outfielder Bryce Harper (thumb) will play three innings in his first rehab game with Class A Potomac Monday. He will then progress to five innings Tuesday before resting Wednesday.

Harper could then play three consecutive games after Wednesday's off-day. Williams added Harper is expected to see time at all three outfield positions on his rehab assignment.


Nats to change OF, INF alignment when Bryce Harper returns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) With Bryce Harper getting closer to returning from a thumb injury, Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Ryan Zimmerman will be returning to third base upon Harper's activation off the disabled list and Anthony Rendon will move to second base, per MLB.com.

Although Zimmerman is happy to oblige his manager, he said Sunday he prefers to stay in left field and have Rendon continue to play at third base.

"Going out to left field, gave us the best chance to win. It’s a good problem to have. Too many good players and not enough spots," Zimmerman said. "I’ll see what happens. I’m pretty comfortable in left and I think Anthony is a hell of a third baseman. I think there is no doubt right now he is better over there than me. But you have to have your best players in the lineup somehow. Whatever [manager] Matt [Williams] needs me to do, that’s what I’ll do."


Bryce Harper to begin rehab Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will begin his rehab assignment Monday, according to The Washington Post.

Harper will play Monday and Tuesday at Class A Potomac. He has a planned day off Wednesday. The team will evaluate Harper at that point in order to determine the next step in the process. Harper has been out since late April following thumb surgery.


Bryce Harper cleared for game action


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been cleared for game action, according to FoxSports.com.

Harper is set to begin a rehab assignment at Class A Potomac. It's unclear how much time he'll need before he's ready to return to the majors. Harper has been able to take batting practice at the park the past few days, and did not report any significant issues with his surgically repaired thumb. He's been sidelined since late April with the injury.


Bryce Harper fine for second day of field work


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was feeling some pain in his surgically repaired left thumb Friday, but that is not a reason to be concern, as manager Matt Williams told ESPN.com.

"[That pain] is to be expected, because he's doing a lot of strength stuff," Williams said. "But he was able to swing today with no issues and drive the ball. So he's right on schedule."

Harper took part in batting and fielding practice for the second straight day Friday, and could go on a minor-league rehab assignment once the team's current home stand ends.

"Once we get on the road, he could head out and get started with that process," Williams said.

Harper could be back in the lineup for the Nationals by the first of July, assuming he avoids any setbacks. 


Wilson Ramos, Bryce Harper could have rehabs soon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Matt Williams said that both outfielder Bryce Harper and catcher Wilson Ramos could be on the verge of heading out on rehab assignments.

Williams told the Nationals website that Ramos (hamstring) could embark on his rehab as early as this weekend with Harper (thumb) going out next week.


Bryce Harper expects to play about a week of rehab games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper expects to play between seven and nine rehab games before returning, according to CSN.

Harper is attempting to come back after thumb surgery. He was able to take batting practice on the field Thursday, and reportedly performed well. Harper was hitting .289 in 83 at-bats prior to his injury.


Bryce Harper takes batting practice Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper took batting practice Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

Harper is recovering from thumb surgery. He reportedly looked good during the session, hitting a ball out to left and almost taking another shot to the upper deck in right. Manager Matt Williams has said he expects Harper back July 1.


Bryce Harper still not expected back before July 1


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams said outfielder Bryce Harper (thumb) took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in late April, per The Washington Post. Williams reiterated July 1 as the best-case scenario for Harper's return.

Bryce Harper planning to pick up a bat this week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will pick up a bat and get in some work this week, according to The Washington Post

Harper plans to take some light swings and play catch. It will be the first time he's been able to do either since his thumb surgery. Harper will not take part in batting practice yet. The team wants to ease Harper in slowly. 

Harper has not played since April 25 due to thumb surgery. He hit .289 over 83 at-bats prior to the injury.