VIERA, Fla. - Bryce Harper's time in the Nationals' major league camp is over.
The 18-year-old outfielder was optioned to Single-A Hagerstown after Saturday's game against the Yankees, ending his time in the big leagues after an impressive run through his first spring training. Harper, who was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance on Saturday, hit .389 for the spring.
Nonetheless, he'll go where the Nationals had planned for him to go all along, to get four at-bats, play every day and learn the ins and outs of professional baseball before he comes to the majors for good.
General manager Mike Rizzo didn't rule out Harper playing in the majors this year, though it seems unlikely last year's No. 1 overall pick would scale four levels of the minors.
I'll have more from Harper and Rizzo in a little bit.