Ryan Zimmerman Injury: Nationals' Star Heads To DL, Bryce Harper Called Up To Majors

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Space Coast Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Viera, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals sent shockwaves through baseball by calling up 19-year-old prospect Bryce Harper after placing Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL.

The Washington Nationals made a big announcement Friday afternoon, as the team place Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list for a right shoulder injury and called up blue-chip prospect Bryce Harper to the MLB club.

The 19-year-old outfielder will make his debut Saturday in Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers according to Mike Rizzo who made the annoucement.

Harper has played just 20 games at AAA in 2012 where he has hit .250 with one home run and three RBIs in 72 at-bats.

As for the timing of the call-up of Harper, Rizzo says it was not planned to happen now.

"This isn't the coming out party for Bryce that we had in mind. This isn't the optimal situation developmentally....This was expedited by the circumstances and 2 of our middle of the lineup guys going down."

Interestingly enough, Stephen Strasberg is the scheduled starter for Saturday night's game in Los Angeles.

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