As expected, the Nationals on Monday activated Bryce Harper from the disabled list. He's been sidelined since April 25 because of torn ligaments in his left thumb -- an injury that required surgery. Harper recently completed a scorching minor-league rehab assignment in which he went 9-for-14 with four home runs (three in one game) and five walks. On the season, the 21-year-old is batting .289/.352/.422 (115 OPS+) with one homer in 21 games.
Harper's return also means that Ryan Zimmerman, who recently made a temporary transition to left field, will return to his primary position of third base. As for Harper, who'll be in left, he thinks Zimmerman should stay where he is:
Bryce Harper says he thinks Ryan Zimmerman should be in left, Anthony Rendon should be at third and Danny Espinosa should be at second.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) June 30, 2014
The second-place Nationals on Monday begin an eight-game homestand.