“He’s playable,” Rizzo said. “If it was Ryan Zimmerman, he would be playing. He would be playing if he was a big leaguer. But there’s no need for him to be playing uncomfortable.”

The Nationals have not placed Harper on the seven-day disabled list, which suggests the Nationals believe he’ll return in the next few days. Harper, 18, is hitting .322/.421/.569 in 67 games in his first professional season.