District Daily: Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos Further Rehab Assignments


Jun 9, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a ground rule double against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals are playing good baseball again, and they have reinforcements on the way. Find out more in today’s District Daily.

Harper ready for rehab assignment

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

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WASHINGTON — Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said he is ready to begin his rehab assignment which starts Monday with Class A Potomac. He will play at least two games for Potomac and be re-evaluated after that. Harper will be playing all three outfield positions during his rehab assignment.

The Nationals have yet to confirm that Harper is starting the rehab assignment Monday.

Harper most likely will be rejoining the Nationals when they return home on June 30 against the Rockies. Read full article here.

Ramos gets in seven innings in second rehab start

(Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his second rehab start on Sunday for Double-A Harrisburg. In his first game since returning from a strained right hamstring on Saturday, Ramos went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run.

Ramos played five innings at catcher on Saturday, and he progressed to seven innings on Sunday. In both games, he batted third.

In his first at-bat on Sunday, Ramos grounded out to third base on a 1-2 pitch, but earned an RBI on the play when designated hitter Michael Taylor — the Nationals’ No. 4 overall prospect who is hitting .333 with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs this season — scored from third. Ramos followed that up with a rocket lineout to shortstop in the third inning on a 1-0 pitch. Read full article here.

Harper proud of brother Bryan

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals left-hander Bryan Harper, Bryce Harper’s older brother, is having the best season of his professional baseball career. Entering Sunday action, he has a combined 2.36 ERA for Class A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. It helps that Bryan Harper is repeating his delivery and commanding his fastball much better.

Bryan, who was selected in the 30th round of 2011 First-Year Draft, had a rough time the previous two years with a combined 5.60 ERA.

“I’m very excited for him,” Bryce said. “He has worked hard his whole life. The last couple of years were a little rough for him, but he has been throwing great. He was throwing great toward the end of last year and he threw great during the first half with Potomac. Read full article here.