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“What has quickly become clear in Viera is that so many coaches and players, as well as the manager, are impressed with Harper that the right field job — by midseason at the latest — is probably now his to lose,” Thomas Boswell wrote last week.

Wednesday morning, the team’s COO, Andy Feffer, virtually guaranteed that Harper will make his big-league debut in 2012.

“I don’t know if Bryce will be playing [on Opening Day], but I do think you’ll see him [this] year,” Feffer told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. “We just saw him in Spring Training. He looks great. He’s prepared, he’s ready, he’s mentally ready to make that jump. The question is when. But you will see him this year....

“You’ve got to recognize, the kid’s only just turned 19 years old and playing with big league guys for the first time, and he had a lot of success last year both at Single A and AA. There’s no rush. There’s no rush. I mean, if we get Bryce Harper up here in June and he’s ready to go, that’s just as good as having him Opening Day....

“I think Davey Johnson has said it all along: if he’s ready and he believes he’s capable, then that decision will be made by both Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson to bring him up Opening Day. If he’s ready. I go with Mike Rizzo’s track record of bringing these guys up to the big leagues. I’ll take Mike Rizzo’s judgment any time.”