Nationals’ Top Draft Picks Harper Out With Hamstring, Strasburg Rehabs

Bryce Harper, the top overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft, may miss the remainder of his minor league season with a hamstring injury, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Stephen Strasburg, 23, the No. 1 overall selection taken by the Nationals in 2009, is scheduled to pitch his fourth rehabilitation game on Aug. 22, almost a year after undergoing surgery on his elbow.

Harper, 18, who plays for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, injured the ligament Aug. 18 while running to third base in the eighth inning of the team’s 4-2 win at Akron, Ohio. He was placed on the seven-day disabled list yesterday, the team said.

“He probably won’t play the rest of the year, as far as I know,” Johnson said on the team’s website. “There’s only a few games left. No sense in taking a chance and aggravating it where it becomes more of a serious injury.”

The regular season ends Sept. 5.

Harper is batting .256 with three home runs and 12 runs batted in through 37 games with Harrisburg. Earlier in the season, he hit .318 with 14 home runs and 46 RBIs in 72 games with the Class-A Hagerstown Suns.

Strasburg will join the Suns for his third rehab appearance with the minor league team since Aug. 7. He will throw 65 pitches or four innings, Johnson said.

Strasburg also started one game for the Potomac Nationals in preparation for his return to the major league roster in September.

The righthander struck out 14 batters in his Major League debut with Washington. He had signed a record $15 million, four- year contract.

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