Harper: Having Werth as mentor has been ‘huge’

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said recently that he missed his mentor, outfielder Jayson Werth, who is currently on the disabled list with a broken left wrist.

Harper said Werth has been the guy who showed him the ropes ever since Harper’s first Spring Training in 2011. In fact, after he was called up to the big leagues on April 28th of this year, Harper remembered that Werth was the guy who made him feel welcomed.

“J-Dub has been in this game for a long time and ever since the first day of Spring Training in my first year, he has always helped me out,” Harper said. “He has been there for me. Anything that I ever needed, [he was there].

“When I went into L.A. inside the locker room, Werth was sitting there. He really took me under his wing and he said, ‘Follow me, let’s get this thing done.’ He has taught me a lot about running the bases, playing the outfield, hitting and what pitchers do. Just a lot of things rookies need to learn. He has been there since day 1. .. He wants what’s best for the whole team. He tries to help everybody on this club. It has been huge to have him.”

Harper said Werth will text him once in a while to go over what Harper did during a game, whether it’s getting thrown out while running the bases or how he felt at the plate during a particular night.

“To have him be here for me anytime I need him is great,” Harper said.

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