MLB injury roundup: Bryce Harper back in action; David Wright nearing return

Jim McIsaac

The Nationals received a boost for the push toward the playoffs and the Mets could see their star back in action soon.

The Washington Nationals are hanging around in the National League Wild Card race and they'll receive a boost for their pursuit of the postseason from the return of outfielder Bryce Harper, who hit clean-up on Wednesday after missing five games this month while nursing a hip injury.

Despite Harper's absence, the Nationals entered Wednesday 7-2 in September and are within five games of the Cincinnati Reds, who hold the NL's final Wild Card spot, in the loss column.

Harper has posted a .273/.377/.504 line in 2013, good for a 141 OPS+. He went 1 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts in the Nats' 3-0 victory over the New York Mets.

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