It’s only appropriate that one of the game’s top prospects make his debut on the grand stage of Los Angeles. The Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled and called up phenom Bryce Harper, who had started to find his stroke at Triple-A Syracuse. He owned a .250 batting average with six extra-base hits (one home run) at the time of his call-up.
With slugger Michael Morse already on the shelf because of a strained lat and Zimmerman joining him on the disabled list (shoulder), the Nationals were in need of an infusion of offense (they entered Friday’s matchup with Clayton Kershaw carrying a .238 team batting average).
Owners in NL-only fantasy leagues are tripping over themselves for the opportunity to snag Harper.