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MLB notes — April 27

Associated Press Bryce Harper is already heading to the major leagues. The 19-year-old outfielder, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, will be recalled by the Washington Nationals from Triple-A Syracuse today. Widely regarded as baseball’s top prospect, Harper will meet the Nationals in Los Angeles, where they are playing the Dodgers, and take the roster spot of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is going on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. The Nationals also placed reliever Brad Lidge on the 15-day DL with an abdominal wall strain, the second of the team’s three potential closers to go on the shelf. Harper skipped his final year of high school, earned his GED, then played one season of junior college baseball to become eligible for the draft. He signed a five-year, $9.9 million contract, including $6.5 million in signing bonuses, with the Nationals in August 2010.

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