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WASHINGTON — A Major League source explained Saturday night that Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (torn thumb tendon) will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on Monday. But manager He Williams didnt confirm the claim prior to game vs. Atlanta.

I read a vicious rumor available that hes going out Saturday, Williams said. Is that his plan? Because nobody told me.

Williams did say Harper would leave for an assignment at some point during the Nationals future road trip, which starts with Monday. Williams didnt rule out Saturday as a potential start time for Harpers rehab stint, yet he said it could also be Saturday, for that matter. Harper was not available for opinion.

When he begins his assignment, Harper will go through a standard development over the course of around seven games, starting with five innings before going to seven and then being unfaithful. If Harper did start Monday, he would play games tomorrow and Tuesday before an off-day on Wednesday to evaluate his thumb. Williams said Harper would get at least one nine-inning game as a designated hitter before participating in a nine-inning game in the subject.

Williams said Harper would play all 3 outfield positions at some point during the treatment assignment, something Harper will likely complete when he returns to the Key Leagues. If all moves according to plan, Williams said Harper would return during the Nationals next homestand, which often begins June 30 from the Rockies.

Williams said the key is for Harper, whos got been sidelined since April Twenty-five, to return to game shape. In which process will produce many residual soreness, which Williams stated is expected for a rehab work of this significance.

Well bubble-wrap him around we can, Williams said. But weve got to let him go, too. We will need to let him go out there along with compete.

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