May 17, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) during an at bat against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Harper to begin rehab assignment with Class A Potomac


After some initial confusion over when exactly Nationals superstar Bryce Harper would begin his rehab assignment, General Manager Mike Rizzo confirmed that Harper will play tomorrow at Class A Potomac.

Harper has been out of action since May 26 when he re-aggravated bursitis in his left knee. Last Monday, he was cleared to begin “ground-based exercises” such as walking and light jogging and has slowly worked his way into baseball activities. Before the Nationals finale with the Rockies on Sunday afternoon, Harper took a round of batting practice that generated loud applause from the fans in attendance.

It is unknown exactly how long Harper will spend on his rehab assignment, but the Nationals have said that they expect him to proceed through  a number of physical tests quickly. He will play three innings in left field tomorrow and work his way up to a full nine innings before being activated off the DL.

Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com says Harper could be ready to return by this weekend or the Nationals next homestand against the Brewers that begins on June 30.

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