This is Bryce Harper, and he’s here to destroy the 3-2 curveball you kindly set on a tee. The Washington Nationals slugger showed no mercy on Saturday night, greeting the debuting Diamondbacks top pitching prospect with a monstrous home run that easily cleared the pool area at Chase Field and found a home deep in the second deck. Harper hit it so hard, and so far, that like Aaron Judge’s home run that nearly left Safeco Field entirely on Friday, there were no initial readings on Statcast.
The Memorial Day brawl that broke out between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park is old news at this point. But one of the players involved still is feeling the effects. You might remember Giants outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse sustained a concussion after bumping heads with teammate Jeff Samardzija during the fight, which began when Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper charged the mound upon being hit by a pitch from Hunter Strickland. Morse hit the concussion disabled list the next day, but nearly two months later, the 35-year-old still isn’t any closer to a return. Morse told the San Francisco Chronicle that he doesn’t remember much about the fight and that
Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes wrote on Twitter early this morning that though nothing was official, she was hearing that the Washington Nationals would call outfield prospect Andrew Stevenson up from Triple-A Syracuse after Chris Heisey injured his groin last night in the Nats’ 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chase Field. The Nationals were already going to be without outfielder Ryan Raburn (bereavement leave) with the WaPost writer citing a source who said catcher Pedro Severino would come up to take Raburn’s spot on the roster. In 45 games and 172 plate appearances this season, Severino, 24, has struggled with injuries, putting up a .211/.256/.298 line at Triple-A Syracuse.