Harper (0-2) failed to record an out while taking the loss Tuesday versus Atlanta. He allowed two runs on tow hits and a walk. The reliever gave up a two-run home run to Ozzie Albies in the seventh inning, and he then exited the game after yielding a double to Jorge Soler. Harper has produced 12 scoreless appearances since the start of August, but he's given up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in the three games where he's allowed runs. His ERA ticked up to 2.61 with a 0.97 WHIP and 24:12 K:BB across 31 innings this season. The 32-year-old will likely continue to work mainly in a low-leverage role.
Harper (0-1) allowed one hit and two earned runs over a third of an inning, taking the loss in Saturday's 5-3 defeat to the Mets. Harper entered the game in the seventh inning and allowed the first two batters he faced to reach via a single and a hit by pitch. After Patrick Mazeika popped out, Harper was pulled from the game in favor of Mason Thompson, who promptly gave up a three-run homer to Michael Conforto. Thus, Harper got credited with both a hold and a loss on the night. Even with the added damage, the right-hander still carries a 2.36 ERA into play on Sunday.
Harper was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. The 32-year-old was sent to Triple-A earlier in the week but will return to the big-league club Thursday with Joe Ross (elbow) being placed on the injured list. Harper has allowed a run on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks over 9.2 innings for the Nationals this season.
Harper was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports. The righty has impressed in 9.2 innings of relief this season, allowing just one run across eight appearances. Harper has also walked just two batters, displaying a level of command that may result in more big-league opportunities at some point in 2021.
The Nationals optioned Harper to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. As expected, Harper returns to the farm after he served as Washington's 27th man in Saturday's doubleheader with the Mets. The righty reliever appeared in the first game of the twin bill, tossing a scoreless five-pitch inning.
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