Bryce Harper will ramp up his rehab from left knee bursitis on Thursday by moving his rehab assignment to Class AA Harrisburg, which plays Thursday night in Bowie against the Baysox. He is expected to play his first full game since he aggravated his knee injury on May 26 with the Nationals. This gives Harper the chance to see higher level pitching ahead of his expected return the Nationals early next week.
Harper played the past two days with Class A Potomac, once in left field but limited to designated hitter on Wednesday because of the potential for rain. He went 2 for 4 with a double, home run, walk, run over eight innings of play spread over two days. He was uninhibited by his knee, running hard and well on Tuesday. He didn’t get much of a chance to test out his knee on Wednesday, and left after three at-bats and fouling a ball off his right foot.
If there are no issues, Harper is then slated to rest on Friday and return for a full game with Harrisburg against the Baysox on Saturday. He would again rest on Sunday before his expected return to the Nationals in Washington on Monday.