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Nats' Williams on Harper: 'I've got Bryce's back'

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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 5:53 pm | Updated: 10:12 am, Wed Jul 2, 2014.

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after Bryce Harper expressed his thoughts on the ideal lineup for the Washington Nationals, his manager Matt Williams had a clear message for reporters.

Williams has his young star's back.

On Monday, Harper returned to the Nationals after missing 57 with a torn ligament in his left hand. With All-Star outfielder back, the first-year manager has a full complement of potent option, but potentially some tricky decisions. Harper, Washington's left fielder pre-injury, suggested a configuration where he moves to center - the usual home for Denard Span.

Normally a middle of the order batter, Harper will bat sixth and play left field for the second straight game against Colorado on Tuesday.

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