Bryce Harper to join Potomac Nationals Monday; Wilson Ramos in Harrisburg tonight

Mitchell Layton

Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams said on Friday afternoon that both Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos were close to beginning rehab assigments. Ramos is in Harrisburg's lineup tonight. Harper will join the Potomac Nationals on Monday.

Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams updated reporters on the plans for injured Nats Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos before last night's game with the Atlanta Braves in the nation's capital. Both players went through another round of batting practice Friday afternoon as Harper works his way back from a torn ligament in his left thumb which required surgery and Ramos recovers from another hamstring injury.

"Everybody is good. We'll look at their plans here in the next day or so and see what we're going to do." -Matt Williams on Friday talking rehab plans for Harper/Ramos

"[Ramos'] leg feels good," Williams said. "Bryce's thumb was a little bit tender, not in the surgical part of it, but on the back side, which is to be expected because he's doing a lot of strength stuff. But he was able to swing today with no issues and drive the ball, so he's right on schedule too. So everybody is good. We'll look at their plans here in the next day or so and see what we're going to do."

"It could be this weekend," the first-year manager said when asked when Ramos might start a rehab stint.

"We'll see how he comes out of today. Certainly he's got more stuff to do. Strength stuff, test stuff, running, all that. So that could be this weekend. Bryce at some point during the road trip, that's where we're at right now."

According to a report from the Harrisburg Senators and since-confirmed rumors in Nationals Park, both injured players will take another step towards returning to the majors sooner rather than later.

Ramos is in the lineup with the Nationals' Double-A affiliate tonight in what will be his first rehab outing after he injured his hamstring running out a double during the Nats' last road trip:

Several of the Nationals beat reporters spoke to a "source" this afternoon who told them that Harper will make his first rehab appearance on Monday after injuring his thumb sliding into third on a base-clearing triple in an April 25th game in the nation's capital:

Matt Williams confirmed the reports on Ramos in tonight's pregame meeting with reporters.

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