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Bryce Harper returns, reinstated from the DL

Bryce Harper. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

As expected, the Nationals reinstated outfielder Bryce Harper from the disabled list ahead of Monday’s game against the Rockies. It is also his bobblehead giveaway day at Nationals Park. Harper’s return after missing two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb that required surgery would reunite the Nationals’ lineup for the first time since opening day.

Harper played five rehab games and declared his readiness with a three-homer game on Saturday with Class AA Harrisburg in Akron. He went 9 for 14 with four home runs, five walks and 11 RBI during his rehab assignment. He also saw time at all three outfield positions in preparation for playing each of them when he returns to the Nationals.

A potential regular configuration has Harper playing left field, Denard Span in center and Jayson Werth in right. Ryan Zimmerman has manned left field for the past month since his return, an ideal place for his worn right shoulder. But Williams has maintained that Zimmerman will see time in left, first base and even return to his old position of third base when Harper returns.

To make room for Harper, left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno was optioned back to Class AAA Syracuse.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.
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