Nationals activate Bryce Harper, move Ryan Zimmerman back to 3B

The return of Bryce Harper (left) means changes for Ryan Zimmerman. (USATSI)
The return of Bryce Harper (left) means changes for Ryan Zimmerman. (USATSI)

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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:

The second-place Nationals on Monday begin an eight-game homestand. 

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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