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“We’ll see after the series how bad of a break it is. … What it does is it adds a guy who can drive the ball out of the ballpark,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “He can hit any pitch, and you have to be really careful with how you pitch him.”

Harper’s return puts Johnson closer to the lineup he envisioned at the start of the year, except that Anthony Rendon has replaced the demoted Danny Espinosa at second base. All that’s left is for catcher Wilson Ramos to return from a left hamstring injury. Ramos was scheduled to catch seven innings at Potomac on Monday and could return to the major league club as early as Thursday.

Johnson moved Rendon from second to seventh in the batting order to create a left-right-left-right-left top of the order consisting of Denard Span, Jayson Werth, Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche.

“It’s all about matchups late in the ballgame that you want to create,” Johnson said.

NOTES: Johnson said LHP Ross Detwiler had a good bullpen session Monday and is on pace to start Wednesday as scheduled. Detwiler had stiffness in his lower back after his last start. … The Nationals optioned RHP Erik Davis to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Harper.

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