When new Washington Nationals' manager Matt Williams spoke to reporters last month at NatsFest, he said he would be monitoring Bryce Harper closely this spring as the 21-year-old slugger works his way back from offseason knee surgery.
Harper told reporters he was on track to be ready for Opening Day.
"We'll see where I can get by Spring Training," the 2010 no.1 overall pick said, "and see if I can go through Spring Training and get to 100% by the time the season starts and see where I'm at."
Harper arrived at the Nats' facilities in Viera, Florida yesterday for his first official workout of the year.
Williams told reporters, including MLB.com's Bill Ladson that he liked what he saw from the outfielder on Day 1 of the 2014 campaign for Harper:
"'He looks good. He participated with everything today,' Williams said. 'We'll monitor him, of course. We'll see how he is tomorrow. He looks good, he is ready to go.'"
The Nationals sent out a Vine of Harper in the batting cage:
MLB.com also produced a video that features a few different angles of the BP action from Tuesday in Viera:
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