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Harvey's average fastball velocity on pitches leading up to two-strike counts, in the starts he's made in the big leagues: 94.5 mph.
Harvey's fastball velocity on two-strike counts: 95.3 mph.
His average fastball velocity when there are no runners in scoring position: 94.6 mph.
His average fastball velocity with runners in scoring position: 95.1 mph.
His average fastball velocity with no outs: 94.3; with one out: 94.7; with two outs: 95.1.
On Friday night, when Harvey pitched against Stephen Strasburg, his average fastball velocity was 97.2 mph.
He'll get thrown right into the fire, starting at third base on Sunday in the Nationals' finale with the New York Mets against right-hander Dillon Gee.
"I don't like to bring a youngster up and have him sit," [manager Davey] Johnson said. "That's going to do him no good and he's swinging the bat pretty good down there. He had a good spring for us. It's no slight against some of the guys I've got here who've filled in in the past, but this will give him some experience up here."
While he's doing that, from the dugout, Zimmerman will watch and get healthy.
"I'll be his biggest fan," Zimmerman said. "Lucky for us we have guys like that who can step up and do things like this. Obviously Anthony's young and sooner rather than later he's going to be making an impact at this level on a daily basis. It'll be nice to see him and give him a little taste of it."
"It's getting worse, not better," Hanigan said. "It's some sort of sprain in the ligament or capsule or something. It's lingering constantly, so I'm trying to calm it down."
Hanigan has been Bronson Arroyo's regular catcher the past four seasons. The last time Arroyo did not have Hanigan catching for him was Sept. 27, 2011, versus the Mets. Hanigan was injured and Mesoraco caught the game as Arroyo allowed four runs and nine hits over eight innings.
On Saturday, Arroyo held the Marlins to just a pair of runs in eight innings.
Although nagged by the thumb since it was struck by a foul ball at St. Louis on April 9, Hanigan has struggled offensively. He entered the day batting .079 (3-for-38). A MRI exam taken on the thumb recently showed no serious damage.
Hanigan avoided speculation about whether he might need to go on the disabled list. Besides Hanigan and [Devin] Mesoraco, the Reds do not have any other catchers on the 40-man roster. Veteran Corky Miller would be a logical choice to come up from Triple-A Louisville if there is a need.
"I don't know. We'll have to see what they want to do," Hanigan said. "I don't want to comment on that until I talk to them."