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Bryce Harper returns to Washington Nationals' lineup Thursday night

The Washington Nationals were only without the services of star outfielder Bryce Harper for one night. Scratched on Wednesday due to a tight left quad, Harper was already back in the lineup Thursday for the team’s game against the Washington Nationals.

One might think that more caution would be called for this early in the season to avoid the risk of aggravating the injury and making it more serious, but manager Matt Williams insists there is nothing to worry about there (quotes from

Manager Matt Williams isn’t worried that the injury could get worse. He pointed out that Harper could run the bases 100 percent. Williams also said that Harper is guarding the injury against plays he doesn’t have to go all out on.”

That seems like a lot to ask of Harper, who is known for the fact that he always goes all out (to a fault, at times, if you ask certain scouts). Williams is putting a lot of faith in him by counting on that as one of the reasons to send him out there while nursing the injury.

This showdown with the Cardinals is an intriguing early showdown in the National League, made all the more interesting if Harper is in the lineup for Washington.

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