May 24, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper Will Begin Rehab Assignment Tuesday


The Washington Nationals received good news on Monday when they found out that one of their stars had their rehab assignment moved up a day.

Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider reports that Bryce Harper will play with Class-A Potomac on Tuesday as he continues to recover from a knee injury he suffered in late May.

Harper originally didn’t expect to be ready to appear in a game until Wednesday at the earliest but bumped up the schedule after another strong BP session today at the ballpark, according to a source familiar with the Nationals’ plan for the 20-year-old outfielder.

Thanks to a couple of solid batting practices put in by Harper, he was moved up a day which means an earlier than expected return to a team that needs a boost after falling under .500 over the weekend.

The left fielder was unsure when he would return to the Nationals just a day ago. Now there’s potential that he could see some time in the series against the New York Mets this upcoming weekend. Washington will host the Arizona Diamondbacks before that in a three-game series beginning Tuesday night.

Harper has a .287 batting average with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs this season.

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