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Nationals lose outfielder

– Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper reportedly is going to be sidelined at least until July because of surgery on his left thumb.

ESPN.com says the two-time All-Star will have the operation Tuesday.

Washington spokesman John Dever declined to comment. The team was off Monday, and plays tonight at Houston.

The Nationals put Harper on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, saying he had a sprained left thumb.

Harper was hurt Friday night on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple against San Diego.

“I slid into the bag and I caught it a little bit,” he said about his thumb after that game.

Harper is hitting .289 with one home run and nine RBI.

Around the leagues

St. Louis demoted struggling rookie second baseman Kolten Wong and reserve outfielder Shane Robinson to Triple-A Memphis. Rookies Greg Garcia and Randal Grichuk, both off to strong starts, were recalled from Memphis. … Houston traded right-hander Lucas Harrell to Arizona for cash or a player to be named later.

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