The first 25,000 fans through the gates at Nationals Park on Monday will receive Bryce Harper bobbleheads. Everyone in attendance could get their first look at non-bobblehead Bryce Harper in a major league game since he tore a ligament in his thumb on April 25.
Harper, who hit four home runs in five minor league rehab games, is expected to rejoin the Nationals today. To celebrate, here’s a look at all four of his home runs last week, plus the one he hit in 22 games with the big club this season.
UPDATE: It’s official; Harper’s back.
Harper’s only home run before his thumb injury was a big one. His three-run shot into the upper deck on April 9 sparked a come-from-behind win over the Marlins.
In his second rehab start at Class A Potomac last week, Harper crushed a hanging slider to right.
And in his fourth and final rehab appearance on Saturday, with Class AA Harrisburg, Harper blasted three home runs in a win at Akron.
I’d say he looks ready to return. Gates open at 4:30.