Bryce Harper rehabs with Potomac Nationals

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It was a packed house Tuesday to see Bryce Harper{ }take the field at the Potomac Nationals game as part of an injury rehabilitation assignment. Harper is fighting to get back with the Major League club after suffering from a nagging knee injury, but the All Star's arrival in Prince William County was the talk of the town.

It’s not every night you get to see last year’s Major League Rookie of the Year in the cozy setting of a Minor League game.

“Getting seats like this to see him play, it’s awesome,” says Justin Combs.
“First time I’ve been down here to this field,” says Michelle Peterson of Stafford. “Just came here to see Bryce.”

Harper was quiet for a while after colliding with the outfield wall in May. He hadn’t played in nearly a month until Tuesday night.

Harper didn’t always look sharp, getting picked off second base and getting a bad jump on a fly ball he missed, but he did look fast running the bases, something the Nationals have missed.{ }

“They need him terribly,” says Ron DePolo of Nokesville. “He’s the spark that sets that whole team off.”

DePolo says he’s just as happy if Harper doesn’t play too hard for Potomac.

“He’s got to take it easy rehabbing because we need him desperately and not run into the wall,” he says.

Regardless of how hard Harper plays, Class A Potomac is enjoying all the extra fans it will get over the next few games. Tuesday was a sellout.{ }

“It’s wonderful because people who don’t normally come out here and they see it, they go, I’ve got to come back here again,” says Jessica James.