May 30, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper works out before the game against the Texas Rangers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: Harper May Return to Nats Monday, Strasburg Working on Mechanics

Start off your Friday with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:

Harper may return to Nats as soon as Monday

(Joe Popely,

CHICAGO — Bryce Harper could return to the Nationals as soon as Monday in Washington if all goes well during his rehab assignment, manager Matt Williams said.

Harper, who has been out since late April recovering from a torn ligament in his left thumb, played seven innings in right field for Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday night at Akron. He went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, and run scored in what was his third rehab appearance overall. Read full article here.

Strasburg working to refine mechanics on hill

(Joe Popely,

CHICAGO — Stephen Strasburg said after his start Wednesday that something felt off mechanically. That came as a surprise to manager Matt Williams when he heard about it Thursday.

“Mechanically, I thought he was good,” Williams said. “His changeup wasn’t as good. We talked about that yesterday. It wasn’t as crisp, that may be what he’s referring to. But I don’t see any mechanical issues with him. I thought he was fine. He made a mistake with the bases loaded, and that happens sometimes. But his numbers have been really good.” Read full article here.

LaRoche continues to make case for All-Star bid

(Joe Popely,

CHICAGO — Adam LaRoche continues to be the Nationals’ strongest position-player candidate to make the All-Star Game.

LaRoche led the team in hitting (.306) and on-base percentage (.421) and is third in home runs (9) entering Thursday. He’s posted a .292/.421/.458 line since May 25, when he came off the DL after missing two weeks with a strained right quad. Read full article here.

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