Bryce Harper won't debut in 2011

Updated: May 18, 2011, 8:21 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Bryce Harper won't be hitting the major leagues this year, no matter how much he tears up minor league pitching.

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday that Harper will not be called up to the big club in 2011, even after rosters are expanded in September.

"We feel that his development is not ready to play in the big leagues," Rizzo said at Citi Field, reiterating comments he made in spring training and earlier Wednesday on ESPN980.

"The ...

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