Bryce Harper hits home run in first at-bat back from disabled list

Patrick McDermott

Bryce Harper announced his presence with authority on Monday, homering in his first at bat.

It didn't take long for Bryce Harper to make an impact in his return from a knee injury, as the Nationals' outfielder homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list. Harper took a 1-0 pitch from Yovani Gallardo over the left field wall for his 13th home run of the season.

More on Harper and the Nats: Federal Baseball

The 20-year-old Harper was activated from the disabled list on Monday after missing more than a month due to a left knee injury. Harper suffered the injury on May 13 when he collided with the outfield wall while tracking a fly ball. He showed no ill effects of the injury during a minor league rehab assignment -- going 4-for-11 with a home run -- and continued that success in his return on Monday.

The Nationals rank near the bottom of MLB in a number of offensive categories. Harper's return should help that and an opposite field home run on your first swing against major league pitching in more than a month isn't a bad way to start.

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