Bryce Harper activated from DL, hits home run in first at-bat

7/1/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Bryce Harper activated from DL, hits home run in first at-batNationals outfielder Bryce Harper had not faced a pitch at the Major League level since May 26, but he showed no ill effects from his time off or his injured knee during his first at-bat since being placed on the disabled list. Harper stepped up to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the first inning against the Brewers. He took a first-pitch ball from Yovani Gallardo, then blasted a home run on the next pitch, his 13th of the season.

Harper began the month of July just as he began the regular season, when he hit two home runs in his first game and nine over the first 23.

The Nationals activated Harper on Monday after placing him on the DL back in late May. Harper had some pain and swelling in his knee which he irritated after a collision with the left field wall back on May 13 at Dodger Stadium. The collision ended up sidelining Harper longer than expected, but he's now back in action, and is apparently ready to contribute.

Harper's activation comes on the heels of a Sunday rehab game in which he played a full nine innings. He hit for the cycle over the course of his four-game minor league rehab assignment, finishing 4-for-11 with a home run, a triple, and a double.

If any of Harper's fantasy owners were not fortunate enough to get him into their lineups today, they should be sure to have him active by tomorrow. As long as he stays healthy, he'll be a top-notch overall fantasy contributor for the rest of the season.
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