The Washington Times - July 2, 2013, 08:59AM

Major League Baseball released its finally voting update for the 2013 National League All-Star team on Tuesday morning and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was edged out of the third and final starting outfield spot.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton currently reside in the top three spots with Harper just more than 15,000 votes behind third place. 


Harper, who missed 31 games with bursitis in his left knee before returning on Monday night and homering in his first at-bat, is the only Nationals player among the leaders in the fan voting, which decides the eight starting position players on the team.

Voting ends on Thursday and the teams are announced on Saturday.

The Nationals will likely get at least a few other players named to the team when they are announced with shortstop Ian Desmond and starters Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez all worthy of the honor. 

The Nationals had a team-high four players named to the 2012 All-Star team with Strasburg, Gonzalez, Desmond and Harper all named to the team. Desmond did not play because of an oblique injury, but Strasburg Harper and Gonzalez all appeared in the mid-summer classic in Kansas City.

This year’s game will take place on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.