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Bryce Harper is ready to return for Washington Nationals after three homers

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Harper in action for Washington Nationals earlier this year (©GettyImages)
Harper in action for Washington Nationals earlier this year (©GettyImages).

Washington Nationals youngster Bryce Harper is back to his best after he smashed three home runs in his final game with Double-A Harrisburg Senators on Saturday.

The 21-year-old outfielder required surgery after he torn ligaments in his left thumb on April 25 and has been out of MLB action for over two months.

Harper has been on the Disabled List since the injury which he suffered while diving for third base on a triple hit during a game against the San Diego Padres.

His knocks for Harrisburg, an affiliate club to the Nationals, were during his final game of his rehabilitation and the outfielder looks stronger than ever with some massive hits, as seen on MLB TV.

On Saturday, Harper went 4-for-5 with three homers and five RBIs against Akron Rubber Ducks, reported CBSSports.com

The 21-year-old outfielder took the Major Leagues by storm after becoming the Washington Nationals number one overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Since then Harper has been breaking all kinds of age records, including becoming the youngest player picked for an All-Star game in 2012 after making his MLB debut on April 28 in the same year.

The starlet was also named an All-Star last season and became the youngest Home Run Derby finalist while losing the final to Yoenis Cespedes.

In total Harper has smashed 43 home runs for the Nationals in just over two years.

The young star was looking to push on this season but the injury has restrained his development as one of the biggest hitters in the game.

Harper is expected to come off the Disabled List and return to the Nationals active roster early this week.

Prior to the injury, Harper had statistics of .289/.352/.422 with one homer in 21 games in 2014.

The player thanked everyone at Harrisburg for their help during his recovery and gave special mention to his older brother Bryan, who also played for the Senators.

He tweeted: “Had a blast playing with my brother @BryanHarper45…Nothing like baseball and family! Thank you @HbgSenators!”

Harper will rejoin the Nationals who defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-2 last night to improve their season record to 43-38.

When the 21-year-old suffered his injury, Washington had a steady 13-11 start to 2014.

At present the Nationals sit second in the National League East division, just half a game behind Atlanta Braves (44-38).

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