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With the Nationals hoping for his return from the disabled list around July 1, outfielder Bryce Harper has a plan in place to start a rehab assignment.

As of now, the Nationals plan for Harper to play Monday and Tuesday at Class A Potomac, then take Wednesday off to let him rest and evaluate his left thumb, on which he underwent surgery in April to repair a torn ligament. Harper has said he wants to play between seven and nine minor league games to get his swing and timing back. Manager Matt Williams said he thought that was a sound plan.

As for tonight, it’s a 7:15 p.m. game on FOX. The Nationals will try again to snap the Braves’ dominance with Doug Fister, who has yet to face Atlanta as a member of the Nationals.  He will face Braves ace Julio Teheran. No surprises in the Nationals’ lineup.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 2B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ryan Zimmerman, LF

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Jose Lobaton, C

9. Doug Fister, SP



-Julio Teheran, SP