Bryce Harper 'Probably Not' Going To Start In The Majors

Legend has it that Bryce Harper could hit six home runs between the time Cool Papa Bell turned off the lights and got in bed. The hype-machine's a runnin', and there was talk that the 19-year-old super-prospect could start the season in the major leagues, with the Nationals hoping he could channel his inner Mel Ott.

But a calf strain might ruin the narrative. From Jon Heyman:

Slugging wunderkind Bryce Harper, 19, admitted today he doubts he can make the Nationals after missing a few key games with a calf issue. "Probably not,'' he said in answer to a question about whether he can still has a chance to be picked to go north with the team.

So instead of doing what most 19-year-olds are doing right now -- getting ready for graduation or planning spring-break shenanigans -- Harper will likely go to triple-A and wait for the call. This is probably better for the Nationals, both on the field and for future balance sheets, but it sure isn't as much fun for us.

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