Friday, April 27, 2012

Zim to DL, Harper to Nationals

Bryce Harper, above, is expected to make his big league debut tomorrow night. (Photo: turner.com)
Today, the CSN Washington reported that Ryan Zimmerman will be placed on the 15 day DL and 19-year old Bryce Harper will be brought up to the major league's effective tomorrow.

Zimmerman has been sidelined for a few days now due to a shoulder injury. Last we heard, he could barely swing the bat without having any discomfort.

It was first reported that Zimmerman had sustained this injury after the Nationals opening homestand. He most likely injured it after diving after a number of ground balls at third base. He will be seeing a specialist in Los Angeles for further evaluation.

Harper will make his debut tomorrow night against the Dodgers for the Nationals. He will be playing left field.

In 20 games at AAA Syracuse this season, Harper has an on base percentage of .333 with a batting average of .250. He has 18 base hits with four doubles, a triple, and one home run. He also has three RBI to go along with eight runs scored.

Many, including me, have questioned Bryce Harper's maturity level. Last season he went so far as to blow a kiss to a minor league pitcher after he hit a home run. After all, he is only 19.

But, the Nationals definitely have a future All-Star in Harper. He gets on base and does well in the outfield. Much like the Nationals other outfielder, Rick Ankeil, Harper has an absolute cannon for an arm. Unless he gets caught up in the major league lights and action, expect him to play well tomorrow night.