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Bryce Harper Debut: Nationals Owner Says Harper: 'Not Our Run-Production Savior'

To say that the Nationals offense is struggling is to understate the idea. Washington currently ranks ninth in the National League in on-base percentage, 11th in runs, 13th in batting average and OPS, and 15th in slugging percentage.

With Nationals left fielders recording a .200 on-base percentage, it shouldn't be surprising that some people see Harper as the man to lift Washington out of their offensive funk.

Not so fast, says Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner, who wrote the following in his blog Saturday afternoon.

Bryce should not be seen as a panacea. He's not our run-production savior. That would be unfair.

But [General Manager] Mike [Rizzo] does think - and I agree - that Bryce can provide our roster a healthy jolt.

So, let's see what he can do.

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