Nationals activate Bryce Harper from disabled list
The Washington Nationals have activated outfielder Bryce Harper from the disabled list, the team announced on Monday.
Harper was placed on the disabled list on June 1 with left knee bursitis after crashing into the right field wall in Dodger Stadium on May 13. Harper attempted to play through the injury before being forced to miss over a month. The Nationals went 15-16 in Harper’s absence.
In 150 at-bats this season, Harper has 12 home runs, 23 RBI and two stolen bases to go along with a .280 batting average. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year hit .270 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 139 games with the Nationals last season.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson reacted to Harper’s return to MLB.com reporter Bill Ladson:
“It’s good to get Harper back. He is going to be aggressive [at the plate], and we just need to keep that momentum going,” Johnson said. “He carried us for a couple of months. [The pitchers] had to pitch him tough. … It’s going to be good to get him back. I have to figure how to put him back in. I’m leaning toward the original way I had [the lineup].”