Nationals’ Harper out with hamstring strain

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, who left Thursday’s game with a left hamstring strain, will sit out against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Harper, hitting .344 with 22 home runs and 53 RBIs, injured his leg on a throw in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Harper’s throw sailed into the Tampa Bay dugout as he took an awkward tumble while throwing home. He held his left leg while down on the ground and then gingerly walked off the field.

Harper was injured when he slipped on wet grass two innings after the game was delayed by 17 minutes by rain.

Rangers’ Hamilton begins workouts

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, sidelined most of the season due to injury, has begun full workouts and could begin a rehab assignment next week, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Hamilton went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring on June 1 — just seven games into his return to the Rangers. He missed the start of the season while rehabbing from right shoulder surgery in April.

Since coming back to the Rangers in an April trade with the Los Angeles Angels and then coming off the disabled list May 25, Hamilton is 6-for-22 (.273) with two home runs and five RBIs.

Tebow making progress

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly likes what he has seen so far with Tim Tebow’s progress.

Tebow will be battling for a roster spot with with Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez far ahead of him on the depth chart. Even Matt Barkley may be ahead of Tebow, who was signed by the Eagles in April after more than two years removed from his last NFL action.

“I have seen an improvement from Tim since the day we got him in terms of his knowledge of what we’re doing, understanding where everybody is,” Kelly said this week at the team’s minicamp. “There’s a whole process, and for him what we have done is different than what he’s done anywhere else. So in terms of learning our terminology and how we do things, I think each week you’ve seen an incremental bump in him, so we’re excited to see where that takes him and it’ll be a good competition as we get into August.”

Since last appearing in a game for the New York Jets in 2012, Tebow joined ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network in 2014, where he primarily worked on “SEC Nation.” Originally a first-round draft choice (25th overall) of the Denver Broncos in 2010, the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Tebow has appeared in 35 games with 16 starts.

Leafs land Hyman in deal with Panthers for McKegg

The Toronto Maple Leafs obtained forward Zach Hyman and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft from the Florida Panthers on Friday in exchange for forward Greg McKegg.

The 23-year-old Hyman played at Michigan last season and was named first-team All-American, first-team All-Big Ten and a Hobey Baker finalist after leading the conference with 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists).

A fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft, Hyman was selected as the Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year in 2011 after producing 102 points in 43 games for the Hamilton Red Wings.

McKegg played in three games for the Maple Leafs this past season and had no points. In 62 games for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, he had 22 goals, 15 assists and 39 penalty minutes in 2014-15.