Bryce Harper to face Mets on Monday

Updated: February 24, 2011, 3:49 PM ET
Associated Press

VIERA, Fla. -- Top draft pick Bryce Harper is to make his spring training debut Monday when the Washington Nationals visit the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie for their spring training opener.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said he expects the 18-year-old Harper will get at least one at-bat in the game.

"I'm hoping that he kind of blends in," Riggleman said. "I'm not looking for him to excel against major league pitching."

Harper is learning a new position, moving from catcher ...

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