Craig Calcaterra

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pumps his fist as he takes a curtain call after he hit a grand slam during the third  inning of an baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Washington. This was Harper's 100th home run of his career. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Bryce Harper will play in the World Baseball Classic . . . if other U.S. superstars do too


Next year is the World Baseball Classic and one of the biggest American stars tells CSNMid-Atlantic that he’s all-in. But only if other big-time American stars are too. Bryce Harper:

“I think when you really look at it, if the guys play that you really want to play with, then definitely I’ll play. But if we’re not going to have the opportunity to win, then I don’t want to play,” Harper told CSN Mid-Atlantic. “If we do that, then I’m definitely in. If not, I probably won’t do it.”

Harper named Noah Syndergaard, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Nolan Arenado as examples of players he’d like to see on the U.S. team. He says if the U.S. is not in it to win it, he doesn’t want to be in it.

The U.S. has not yet won it in the three previous WBCs. If whoever is in charge of the U.S. WBC team wants to win it, he should start making phone calls.

Twins minor leaguer Reynaldo Rodriguez suspended 80 games

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Police blotter time:

Major League Baseball announced today that Minnesota Twins Minor League outfielder Reynaldo Rodriguez has received an 80-game suspension without pay following a positive test for metabolites of Stanozolol — man, the retro ‘roids trend continues! — a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Rodriguez, who plays in Triple-A, is almost 30 and has been in the minors for ten years, so it’s not like this is impacting the big club much. It says a lot, however, about how hard someone will try to make that last chance leap from the minors to the bigs and even part of a big league payday.

Brewers place Scooter Gennett on the 15-day disabled list

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Not gonna say that it’s a slow news day, but I will say that if it were a faster news day I wouldn’t be writing about the Milwaukee Brewers putting second baseman Scooter Gennett on the 15-day disabled list with right oblique tightness. But I just did, so draw your conclusions accordingly.

Gennett was a late scratch from Tuesday after experiencing pain in batting practice. Which, given what happened to Huston Street doing warmup tosses, is just further evidence that being prepared is overrated. Just get out there and do your thing, man.

The Brewers replaced Gennett on the 25-man roster by calling up infielder Hernan Perez. I’m sure he’s under strict orders not to stretch or warm up in any way whatsoever.