Bryce Harper returns to Nationals’ lineup Saturday

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Bryce Harper gave the Nationals quite a scare when he was forced to exit Thursday’s game with a mild left hamstring strain, but Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com reports that he’s back in the starting lineup for today’s game against the Pirates.

It’s a rapid turnaround for Harper, who initially appeared likely to miss a few days at the very least. Nationals manager Matt Williams preached a patient approach to the situation last night, saying that they would “take the appropriate steps necessary to make sure that he’s 100 percent ready to go when he is ready to go.” Apparently Harper has shown enough progress to return.

Here’s Harper’s take on how he’s feeling:

OK, then. Good enough for me.

Harper, 22, is batting .344/.476/.720 with 22 home runs and 53 RBI over 65 games this season.