The Nationals could hardly have asked more of Bryce Harper during his first week in the majors. They toggled him between two outfield positions. They moved to third in the batting order. He kept on delivering: highlight catches and laser-beam throws, professional at-bats and clutch hits, advanced maturity and a steal of home.

"The kid has answered all the questions he needs to answer," shortstop Ian Desmond said.

With Jayson Werth sidelined for the better part of the next three months, the Nationals will have to ask even more of Harper. Ryan Zimmerman will ease some of his burden when he returns after missing 13 games. If Michael Morse returns in June like he hopes, that will help, too.