The Washington Times - March 21, 2011, 11:53AM

JUPITER, Fla. — Bryce Harper was running to first base in an intrasquad minor league game at the Nationals’ training complex in Viera, Fla., on Monday when he hit the first base bag awkwardly and turned his left ankle.

Harper was said to have looked to be in a considerable amount of pain and was immediately removed from the field and examined. The Nationals announced the injury as a sprained left ankle and listed the 18-year-old phenom as day-to-day.

“The little bit of information I got was that he’s fine,” said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. “Just turned his ankle and he’s fine.”

The Nationals’ No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, Harper spent most of the spring’s first four weeks in major league camp, but was optioned to Single-A Hagerstown on March 12 and has spent the remainder of his time in minor league camp.