Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper is in the lineup but will likely only play six or seven innings during Friday's game against the Pirates, The Washington Post's Jorge Castillo reports.

EDGE Analysis

In addition, manager Dusty Baker stated that Harper is unlikely to play all nine innings of any game this weekend while he continues to work his way back from a knee injury. Harper was recently activated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday, and played two straight games before taking the day off for Thursday's series opener.

Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper, who returned from a long-term knee injury earlier in the week, is apparently feeling a little sore after playing in back-to-back games, so he'll get the day off as the Nationals play it safe with him ahead of the playoffs. In his place, Victor Robles will start in right field and bat second.

Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper will play right field and hit second in the Nationals' batting order Tuesday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tuesday's game will be just the sixth this season Harper has spent in the two hole, but it remains to be seen if he will stay there moving forward, as manager Dusty Baker may just be looking to maximize his at-bats while leaving Trea Turner atop the lineup.

Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

The Nationals activated Harper (knee) from the disabled list Tuesday, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper is ready to get back on the field after missing roughly a month and a half with his knee injury. It remains to be seen where he will slot into the lineup, but it's a good bet he mans right field and hits third in the Nationals' batting order.

Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

According to a source familiar with the situation, Harper (knee/illness) is feeling better and plans to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper, who has been sidelined since Aug. 12 with a knee injury, was expected to come off the disabled list prior to Monday's series opener against the Phillies, but his return was delayed by a day due to an illness. He's reportedly feeling better Tuesday, so it sounds like he should make his long-awaited return to the starting lineup. It's unclear if the Nationals will deploy Harper in an everyday role right away, but that will likely depend on how he checks out after his initial appearances.

Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper was not activated from the disabled list and isn't in Monday's lineup due to an illness, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although it had looked like Harper was poised to return to action Monday and play in his first game since Aug. 12, the Nationals will have to wait a bit longer before activating their star right fielder from the DL. While fantasy owners and the Nationals alike would be thrilled to have Harper back in the lineup as the season winds down, it's still possible that he could return before the regular season comes to an end. More information regarding Harper's eventual activation should be available soon, as it's expected that he'll be lifted from the DL once he's no longer feeling under the weather. Jayson Werth is starting in right field and hitting fifth Monday night.

Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

The Nationals plan to activate Harper (knee, calf) from the 10-day disabled list prior to Monday's series opener against the Phillies, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee and a left calf strain after slipping on first base in an Aug. 12 game, which had made it uncertain if he'd be able to return to action before the end of the regular season. Fortunately for the Nationals, the star outfielder proved to be a quick healer and is now expected to get a week's worth of games in before the postseason gets underway. It's unclear if the Nationals would be comfortable with deploying Harper in an everyday role right off the bat, but if his knee and calf check out fine in his initial appearances, manager Dusty Baker would likely feel comfortable using the former MVP regularly in the playoffs. Harper's return will also force Baker to make some tough decisions with his outfield, as Jayson Werth and Howie Kendrick will likely have to compete with one another for starts in left field.

Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper (knee) played in another simulated game Saturday and is ready to advance to the next step in his recovery, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Nationals are waiting to determine exactly what the next step for Harper will be, but he made it through simulated games the last two days without issue, so he is at least ready to face live pitching again, and could be ready to rejoin the big-league club. The team figures to provide more details on Harper's status over the next day or two.

Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper (knee) spent time taking fly ball in the outfield and running the bases prior to Washington's game against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Dusty Baker said that the club will determine the next step for Harper following his simulated game Saturday, which will mark his second "live hitting" session since landing on the disabled list in mid-August. In the meantime, the club hasn't released much information regarding a timetable for his return, besides saying that he could be back as early as next week, as long as all goes well this weekend.

Bryce Harper
RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper (knee) is feeling good following Monday's full workout, and was out running the bases prior to Washington's contest Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper will continue to ramp up his efforts in the coming days with a simulated game pegged for this weekend, and remains optimistic about returning to the field before the end of the regular season. The club is stressing that his status remains in a "day-to-day" state but acknowledged Tuesday that he could be back in action as soon as next week.