The Washington Nationals activated Bryce Harper from the disabled list Monday afternoon and optioned right-handed reliever Erik Davis back to Triple-A Syracuse.
Harper’s return comes 31 games after he last played for the Nationals, a stretch in which the team went 15-16 in his absence.
With Harper’s return, and the bursitis in his left knee having calmed down, the Nationals went back to the type of lineup construction they planned to use at the outset of the season but have rarely been able to put into practice due to various injuries.
Jayson Werth returned to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, bumping rookie Anthony Rendon into the No. 7 spot where he may be in more of a run-producing spot in the order given that he’s hitting behind Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond now.
Davis, who was recalled on Saturday morning, gave the Nationals some insurance in the bullpen for the weekend but was the obvious candidate to go back when Harper was ready. It may also be a good indication that Ross Detwiler is on track to make his scheduled start on Wednesday.
Detwiler threw a bullpen session early in the afternoon on Monday at Nationals Park.
Here are the full lineups:
Denard Span CF
Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper LF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Anthony Rendon 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Jordan Zimmermann P