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“That’s not up to me,” Zimmermann said about starting the game. “We’ll see what happens, we’ll see what they say and go from there. It’s a huge honor to be representing the Nationals. I throw the ball and these guys score the runs for me and play the defense. I’m happy to be out there pitching for them.”

Harper, the 2012 National League rookie of the year, is going to his second All-Star game. He will become the youngest NL starter ever and fourth youngest All-Star starter overall. He’s the youngest All-Star starter since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1990.

Harper trailed Atlanta’s Justin Upton for the final outfield spot by about 15,000 votes earlier in the week. Upton ultimately wasn’t even selected as a reserve.

“I’m very blessed to be part of that. I’m just very excited,” Harper said. “I got to thank the fans of D.C. and Las Vegas (his hometown) and everywhere else that voted for me. I’m very excited to do this.”

Harper missed 31 games on the disabled list with a knee injury, coming back last Monday (and hitting a home run in his first at-bat back). In only 50 games, he has 13 home runs and 28 RBI to go along with a .263 batting average.

“Bryce, if he doesn’t get hurt, he’s setting records right now,” Desmond said. “So I’m excited for those guys, and like I said, it’s a tremendous honor to be able to represent your team at the All-Star Game. That’s what you play for.”

Staff writer Amanda Comak contributed.