• Injured outfielder Bryce Harper took batting practice on the field before Sunday's game as manager Davey Johnson watched. Harper, who is on the 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his left knee, received a loud round of applause after he left the cage.
Johnson said that Harper will hit and participate in baserunning drills on Monday and Tuesday. The 20-year-old will likely not play at Potomac on Tuesday, as previously expected, according to Johnson, but he could play in a rehab game later in the week.
• Johnson said that Adam LaRoche was available to pinch-hit in Sunday's game, but Johnson did not go that route because there was a left-handed pitcher in the game and he wanted his younger players to get meaningful at-bats.
"They've got to contribute and do the things I know they're capable of doing," Johnson said. "I want to show them I have confidence in them in those situations."
• Danny Espinosa played shortstop for Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. He went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two strikeouts.
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