And so, Bryce Harper went 1-1 with a walk and a run scored on Monday night for the Potomac Nationals in his first rehab start since thumb surgery (worth noting that run came via a 3-run HR by rehabbing Wilson Ramos).
More importantly (or not), Harper will follow in Ryan Zimmerman's footsteps and wear a protective mitt on his hand while on the basepaths. Indeed, Harper will wear a Zimmermitt (Photo above by @AwesomeClaassen), which led to this instant Harperism during his meet and greet with reporters after the game:
"We're gonna go bake." Bryce Harper on the protective mitts he and Ryan Zimmerman wear.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) June 24, 2014
Meanwhile, sounds like Harper has reservations about moving around in the outfield:
"I kind of like it and I kind of don’t. I want to get comfortable in one spot. I kind of got in trouble last year playing right field and getting hurt. So I think trying to stay in one spot would be great. But with the outfield we have, I don’t think that’s going to happen. Being able to play left, play center, play right is something I need down here."
(Bryce Harper, via Nationals Journal, 6/23/2014)