Bryce Harper will make his major league debut Saturday at Dodger Stadium and fantasy owners that have Harper are running to their computer to get Harper in their lineup. Harper is expected to play left field and bat seventh. The phenom has arrived! The phenom has arrived! I get the excitement for Harper’s arrival, but I don’t think Harper is going to tear up major league pitching and could be back in Triple-A Syracuse in two weeks when Ryan Zimmerman returns from the disabled list. Harper was not tearing it up at Triple-A at the plate. In 72 at-bats, Harper was hitting .250 through 20 games.
In other fantasy news…..
- Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder. The Nationals and Zimmerman originally hoped to avoid the disabled list, but it was a necessarily move after he received a second cortisone shot Friday in Los Angeles. There’s a chance he will ready when he’s eligible on May 6.
- Brad Lidge will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain. With Lidge going on the shelf, the Nationals will give all of their save chances to Henry Rodriguez. There’s no timetable for Lidge’s return.
- Mike Trout was recalled by the Angels on Friday night in a effort to shake things up with the team. Trout will play left field and bat leadoff on Saturday. Unlike Bryce Harper, the Angels are not rushing Trout to the major leagues. He is ready to play and should have broke spring training with the Angels. Trout hit .403 from the leadoff spot with Triple-A Salt Lake, so the Angels hope he will be able to provide a similar spark since Albert Pujols is not providing that spark or anything else for that $250 million dollar contract.
- Brian McCann left Friday’s game with an intercostal strain. McCann struggled in the second half last season due to an oblique injury to his left side, so this is something to watch closely.
- Kenley Jason got the save for the Dodgers on Friday night. It was not a smooth inning for Jansen, but he got the job done. Even thought manager Don Mattingly said Javy Guerra was resting a minor foot injury, this situation warrants monitoring.