Nationals not worried about Harper

Nationals not worried about Harper

WASHINGTON -- Triple-A Syracuse outfielder Bryce Harper is off to his usual slow start. Entering Thursday's action, Harper is 13-for-57 (.232) with an RBI, but Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he is not concerned about Harper's slow start and felt he needed to make adjustments to Triple-A pitching.

"It's a different kind of pitching than he's ever had in the Minor Leagues," Rizzo said. "You have some hard-throwing prospects and you also have your veteran Triple-A, 4-A type of pitchers that could really pitch and command their stuff. They are not the blazing fastballs, but they try to get you out in some way. Harper has a good approach and he is hitting the ball very hard. He'll make his adjustment. I'm not too concerned about it."

Harper is playing center field and the corner spots and running the bases well, according to Rizzo.