Harper posted several photos of his new haircut Tuesday on social media. Instead of his long dark locks, his hair was tightly tied close to his scalp.
"This ain't no middle of the mall," Harper wrote on one Instagram story post. He thanked the hairstylist in another post on Wednesday.
Harper, 24, hasn't played for the Nationals since August 13, when he suffered a bone bruise in his left knee and had a calf strain in his left leg. The 2015 National League MVP is hitting .326 this season with 29 home runs and 87 RBI. Harper played light catch on Tuesday and has been throwing from about 30 feet.
"It's very encouraging. You know, you see him doing light baseball activities, you know he's on the way," Nationals manager Dusty Baker told MLB.com. "Nobody can predict exactly where he is, but he at least initiated signs of progress. You can't rush progress."
There is currently no timetable for his return.
"The bone bruise is something of significance. We're going to treat him cautiously. We're optimistic that he should be back by the end of the year. We have no timeline," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters at the time of the injury, according to the Washington Post.
The playoffs begin in 4.5 weeks. Jayson Werth has been playing right field in Harper's absence.
R.I.P. Harper hair flip.
Bryce Harper's hair flip game is 10000000000000000000 pic.twitter.com/6YfDYhgf3U— The Refresher (@_TheRefresher_) July 12, 2017