Harper Won't Play for Nats This Year

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This afternoon in an interview on ESPN 980, General Manager Mike Rizzo reinforced the stance he’s taken with mega-prospect Bryce Harper and went a step beyond what he’s previously said, stating he has ruled out Harper playing in the major league this season.

“Yes, I have,” Rizzo said. “It’s not going to happen, because he’s not ready for that to happen. He’s got to learn the nuances of the game of baseball. We certainly don’t want to push him to a level where he’s overmatched and struggles even for a short period of time. We’re not going to put him in a place where he has a chance to fail until he’s 100 percent ready at that level.

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