New Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper really put on a show during batting practice. Employing his left-handed swing, he launched several balls into the upper regions of the stands in straight-away right field, even reaching the Scoreboard Walk on the bounce. He also laced a couple into the Red Porch area in slight left center field.
The 19-year old phenom will make his home debut tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks, hitting seventh in Davey Johnson’s lineup. Harper seems to have already enjoyed his brief time in the nation’s capital, having toured the National Mall on the off-day Monday, even stepping in for a pinch-hitting appearance in a rec league softball game. Seriously.
In other pre-game news, Ryan Zimmerman professed to feeling “great” in his rehab from inflammation in his right A/C joint. The Nats third baseman expects to be activated as soon as he’s eligible, for Sunday night’s national game against the Phillies.
Zimmerman spent much of BP behind the fence at second base, tutoring 3B Steve Lombardozzi in the finer points of the position as the latter was taking grounders.
STARTING LINEUP: Desmond-6, Lombardozzi-5, Ankiel-8, LaRoche-3, Werth-9, Espinosa-4, Harper-7, Ramos-2, Zimmermann-1