Despite being a professional baseball player for six years and a major leaguer for four seasons, Bryce Harper had yet to face a pitcher younger than him until Wednesday. But it finally happened in the eighth inning of the Nats' game against the Yankees, as New York called on lefty reliever Jacob Lindgren.
Harper is 22 years and 237 days old. Lindgren is 22 years and 90 days old. It was a fun fact to cite about Harper, but now it can be put to rest.
"Hopefully they're all younger one day,. I'll be 40 years old playing against 20-year-olds," Harper told reporters in New York. "Age has never really been a thing to me. So just another day. I had no idea going into the at-bat, until you guys just told me. Hopefully they're all younger than me one day."
Harper flew out to center field against Lindgren, but the at-bat will always hold a significant place in Harper's career. Perhaps it will be a Nats trivia question some day.
Harper also played with a MLB teammate who is younger than him for the first time this season. That was Joe Ross, who was called up for a spot start last week.
Right-handed pitcher Justin Miller received an injection in his right shoulder. Miller recently stopped his rehab assignment because of renewed stiffness. He's been on the IL since May.
Matt Adams was available against the Diamondbacks Friday night after 'tweaking' his oblique Monday; Howie Kendrick got the start at first base.
Outfielder Adam Eaton got a well-deserved rest day Friday. Michael Taylor took on center field responsibilities while Victor Robles shifted over to right field.
SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, out indefinitely
RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, out indefinitely
1B Ryan Zimmerman: Foot, could return mid-June
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, out indefinitely
RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, out indefinitely
Saturday 6/15: Nationals vs. Diamondbacks, 4:05 p.m., Nationals Park
Sunday 6/16: Nationals vs. Diamondbacks, 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park
Monday 6/17: Nationals vs. Phillies, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park
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Ahead of Friday’s matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Nationals hosted the University of Virginia Night at the ballpark and the men’s basketball championship team joined as special guests.
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, both Cavaliers during their college days, took the chance to rep their school pride.
The two alums posed for pictures with the championship trophy, with Doolittle decked out in a UVA shirt and championship hat.
Zimmerman and Doolittle played ball together for the Cavaliers in 2005 while Zimmerman was a junior and Doolittle was a freshman.
While at UVA, the Cavaliers both players collected several accolades. Zimmerman was named 2005 All-American and named to the 2004 Charlottesville NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team. Doolittle formerly held the record for wins in a career for a Virginia pitcher and in 2005 and 2006 was named to the USA National (Collegiate) Baseball Team.
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