Bryce Harper to be introduced on Thursday

Gene Wang
Copyright 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010; 1:11 PM

Bryce Harper, the Nationals No. 1 draft pick this season who signed just before Monday's midnight deadline, will be introduced on Thursday at Nationals Park before the club plays the first of four games against St. Louis, according to Washington General Manager Mike Rizzo. Harper, 17, and agent Scott Boras agreed to a deal worth $9.9 million over five years, including a signing bonus of $6.25 million for the outfielder. That's the most lucrative contract ever for a position player. Harper's introduction comes on the same day pitcher Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start, but that scenario appears improbable given an injury to the rookie in last night's 8-1 victory over Philadelphia. Strasburg hurt the flexor tendon in his right forearm in the fifth inning after throwing a 1-1 changeup to Domonic Brown, and he is on his way to D.C. for an MRI exam.

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