Nationals activate Bryce Harper, move Ryan Zimmerman back to 3B
The Nats finally have phenom outfielder Bryce Harper back on the active roster.
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.