Harper likely to play against Yanks on Saturday

Harper likely to play against Yanks on Saturday

JUPITER, Fla. -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to travel to Tampa, Fla., on Saturday to face his favorite team as a kid, the Yankees. He will likely come off the bench.

It's doubtful Harper will get a start in Spring Training because manager Jim Riggleman would like to give his seven other outfielders a chance to play. Riggleman said he hopes to narrow down his outfielders by March 20.

Harper has appeared in all three spring games as a reserve and is 1-for-5 with a walk. He most likely will start the season at Class A Hagerstown.

"He has two plate appearances in each game. That is a lot," Riggleman said. "I would not have thought he would have six appearances at this point, but he does. We have to have respect for the other guys.

"We have to get a little work for Jeff Frazier and Jonathan Van Every, everybody. They signed with us. We just can't blow them off. We made a commitment to bring them in."