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The general rule of thumb is that it’s more difficult to play left field, when it comes to reading fly balls and learning angles, but that the responsibilities are greater in right. For now, the Nationals are fine with Werth handling that role, but when the time comes they feel Harper will be ready.

“I think [Harper] is a very accomplished outfielder and I think right field would be an easier position for him to play,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “He can definitely handle it. It’s more how we have to think about the team element of it and see how it fits in. Does it fit in now? Jayson would have to learn a new position in left, so it’s something we certainly don’t want to attack right now.”