Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper will not play for Double-A Harrisburg in the Eastern League playoffs, which begin Friday. His right hamstring strain will prevent him from being able to do so, but Harper is still expected to be healthy and ready to play in the Arizona Fall League for the second straight season.
Harper announced the official news on his twitter feed Thursday morning, tweeting that “It’s been real Harrisburg! Had a blast! My teammates and fans have been the best! Get that ring boys! Wish I was playing with you!” A Nationals official later confirmed the news.
Harper last played on Aug. 18, straining the hamstring while running the bases. He had to be helped off the field that night and the diagnosis of a right hamstring strain was confirmed the following day. He was placed on the 7-day disabled list then with hopes that he might be able to rejoin the team during the playoffs but that did not ultimately present itself as a viable option.
In 109 total minor league games (between Single-A Hagerstown and Double-A Harrisburg) Harper hit .297 with a .392 on-base percentage and .501 slugging percentage. The 18-year-old, who hit 17 total home runs, also represented the Nationals at the Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star Game and the Futures Game.
Harper attended the Arizona Fall League as a taxi-squad player in 2010, only playing two days each week. He will be on a regular roster this time around but left-handed pitcher Matt Purke and infielder Anthony Rendon are expected to join him as taxi-squad players this time around.