Bryce Harper slugs three home runs at Double-A, expected to return to Nationals on Monday

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Bryce Harper sure seems excited to return to the Nationals’ active roster after missing the past two months following April 29 surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

The 21-year-old outfielder went 4-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI on Saturday night at Double-A Harrisburg, helping the Senators to a 10-4 rout of the Indians’ Eastern League affiliate. Harper is now 9-for-14 (.643) with four homers, a double, and 11 RBI on his five-game minor league rehab assignment.

James Wagner of the Washington Post heard from a source Saturday that Harper will be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday’s series-opener against the Rockies. The Nationals are off Sunday after playing a doubleheader at Wrigley Field on Saturday to accommodate the 45th annual Chicago Pride Parade.

Washington (43-38) is in a tie with Atlanta (43-38) at the top of the National League East standings.