<player idref=Nationals future savior Bryce Harper, who's been sidelined with a calf injury, is slated to return to the lineup on Wednesday against the Braves [Washington Post].

Harper has gone 5-for-11 with a walk this spring (good for a .500 OBP), but he's yet to notch an extra-base hit. Our own Jon Heyman reports that Harper, despite his potential and performance, realizes he probably won't make the opening-day roster. More injury notes from Tuesday ...  
  • Reds closer Ryan Madson (elbow) enjoyed a successful and pain-free 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. It's likely he'll throw at least one more bullpen before facing hitters. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

  • Lefty Drew Pomeranz, who hopes to make the Colorado rotation, departed his Tuesday start with tightness in his hip. Although the injury isn't believed to be serious, his next start could be pushed back. [Denver Post]

  • Good news for Royals backers, as young stars Eric Hosmer (jammed shoulder) and Mike Moustakas (knee contusion) aren't seriously injured. Hosmer was back in the lineup on Tuesday, and Moustakas should be ready to return by the end of the week. [MLB.com]

  • After missing three straight games with lower back stiffness, Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler should be back in action on Wednesday, according to manager Ron Washington. [ESPN Dallas]

  • Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, in his long and trying comeback from post-concussion syndrome, took a big step on Tuesday as he was able to bat from both sides of the plate and field a few ground balls at his position. It's still not certain when Roberts will be ready for game action. [MASN]

  • Brewers outfielder Corey Hart is walking without a limp a mere week after undergoing knee surgery. [Tom Haudricourt, via Twitter]

  • Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia (lower back) has yet to see Cactus League action and is questionable for opening day. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

  • Twins outfielder Denard Span (neck stiffness) took batting practice without incident and aims to return to the lineup on Wednesday. [MLB.com]

  • White Sox DH Adam Dunn was a Tuesday scratch because of neck stiffness. He should return by Wednesday. Dunn, who struggled badly last season, has a robust OPS of 1.103 thus far in spring training. [Chicago Tribune]

  • Dodger first baseman James Loney sat out Tuesday's tilt with a strained calf muscle. He's listed as day-to-day. [Los Angeles Times]

  • The stiff neck of Rockies third baseman Casey Blake still has him sidelined and may make it difficult for him to make the team coming out of camp. [Troy Renck via Twitter]

  • Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig, who's recovering from knee surgery, ran sprints in the outfield on Tuesday at about 80% of max. Craig isn't expected to see regular-season action until early May. [B.J. Rains via Twitter]

  • Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez has recovered from mild shoulder discomfort and will make his spring debut on Wednesday against the Rays. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]