WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Spread) - The Nationals activated outfielder Bryce Harper from the 15-day disabled list on Monday after a successful minor league rehab stint.
Harper went 4-for-11 with a home run, a triple, and a double during his four-game minor league rehab assignment. In total, he wound up missing five weeks with left knee bursitis.
"I feel pretty good right now," Harper told reporters over the weekend. "I felt pretty good the last couple days. Nothing really that feels anything like a setback or anything like that. Everything feels good. I'm excited about where I am.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Nationals are 16/1 to win the 2013 World Series, while the Tigers remain favored at 13/2. The Cardinals have the next best odds at 15/2, while the BRaves are 8/1 and the Red Sox and Rangers are both 11/1, respectively. The A's and Pirates are both 12/1 to win this season's MLB title, respectively.
Washington has won six of its last 10 games but is currently 6.5 games back of Atlanta in the NL East. The Nats hope that Harper will light a fire under their stagnant offense, which ranks 28th in the league in runs, 28th in batting average, 29th in on base percentage and 23rd in slugging percentage.