Nationals activate Harper from DL

Monday is Bryce Harper Bobblehead night at Nationals Park. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals activated outfielder Bryce Harper from the disabled list Monday. He had been sidelined since late April with a thumb injury.

Harper put on a show during his rehab assignment, going 9-for-14 with four home runs and 11 RBI in five games split between the Single-A Potomac Nationals and Double-A Harrisburg Senators.

There had been a bit of uncertainty as to when Harper would return this week, but clearly the Nationals feel that the 21-year-old is ready to return in time for their series against the Colorado Rockies on Monday. His three-homer game for Harrisburg on Saturday likely helped make the decision easier.

Harper will be back in the lineup Monday seeking to restart his season after injuring the thumb on a head-first slide into third base. He had been hitting .289/.352/.422 with one home run in 22 games prior to the injury.