Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Harper could return Monday for Washington Nationals

Things are starting to click for the Washington Nationals. With that pitching staff, anything that resembles a winning streak stands as something that the rest of the league should sit up and notice.

With their season already trending the right direction, the Nationals received some more good news on Thursday when they learned that they could have star outfielder Bryce Harper back in the lineup as soon as Monday when the team takes the field against the Colorado Rockies at home.

According to Joe Popely of, manager Matt Williams cautiously acknowledged the possibility that Harper could be back on Monday:

Williams said Harper will play a full nine-inning game Friday, will either DH or take a day off on Saturday, and will again play a full game on Sunday. The club will then re-evaluate Harper with the hope their All-Star outfielder is ready for Major League action.

After finally gaining some traction and taking their spot atop the National League East, the Nationals are approaching a fairly soft portion of their schedule. They play the Chicago Cubs this weekend, the flailing Rockies at the beginning of next week, and then the Cubs again at home over the holiday weekend. As they get healthy and their stellar pitching staff comes together, the Nationals might be getting ready to go on a run.

Before he landed on the disabled list Harper was batting .289/.352/.422. While the MVP award that so many projected for Harper might not be in his immediate future, you better believe he is ready to join the middle of that lineup and help the Nationals try to take hold of their division.

See Harper return! Check out the Nationals schedule and grab tickets to the next home game Monday against the Rockies.

Tags: Bryce Harper Popular Washington Nationals