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Bryce Harper | Outfielder | #34

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/16/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 216
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Southern Nevada
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (1) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, agent Scott Boras said that his client Bryce Harper is "doing fine physically" and will soon begin normal offseason strength and conditioning.
Harper missed five games in August due to a neck injury and also reportedly played through a shoulder injury this season. The Nationals shot down the reports about the shoulder, but Harper didn't deny it, which is telling. It also helps explain his decline at the plate this season. The 24-year-old saw his OPS drop from 1.109 to .814. The good news is that it sounds like he should be fine with some extended rest this winter. Oct 20 - 7:39 PM

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Bryce Harper (thumb) is back in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

It will be his first game since he injured his left thumb on an awkward slide Sunday. Harper is in his customary No. 3 spot in the lineup and in right field against Andrew Cashner and the Marlins.
Sep 30 - 2:28 PM

Bryce Harper (thumb) remains sidelined Thursday.

Harper injured his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday against the Pirates and hasn't played since. His official status is still day-to-day. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat seventh Thursday versus Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray.
Sep 29 - 10:58 AM

Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out of the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday night.

Harper hasn't appeared in a game since injuring his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base Sunday against the Pirates. X-rays taken Monday came back negative and he should be fine for the start of the NLDS. Brian Goodwin will handle right field and bat sixth Wednesday versus Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller.
Sep 28 - 3:03 PM

Bryce Harper (thumb) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Fortunately, X-rays came back negative on Harper's left thumb, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker wants to give him another day. There's a chance he could play on Wednesday. Brian Goodwin will make another start in right field on Tuesday.
Sep 27 - 3:28 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that X-rays on Bryce Harper's left thumb came back negative.

Good news for Harper, who injured his thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday. The swelling has gone down and the thought is that he could be ready to play again later this week. He should be good to go for the postseason.
Sep 26 - 11:15 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that they don't anticipate Bryce Harper's thumb injury to be serious.

Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he was forced to make an awkward slide on a fake tag from Jung Ho Kang at third base. Rizzo hasn't seen Harper's X-rays yet, but we should have more clarity on the situation at some point in the next 24 hours.
Sep 26 - 5:58 PM

Bryce Harper (thumb) is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday night.

Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he slid awkwardly into third base after a fake tag by Jung Ho Kang. He is scheduled to undergo X-rays at some point Monday. Brian Goodwin will start in right field and bat seventh in the Nationals' series opener against the Diamondbacks.
Sep 26 - 3:26 PM

Bryce Harper is listed as day-to-day due to soreness in his left thumb.

The Nationals don't believe that his injury is serious, but he'll head for precautionary X-rays on Monday to make sure. Harper sustained his injury during Sunday's game when he slid awkwardly into third base after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag.
Sep 25 - 6:05 PM

Bryce Harper departed Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury to his left hand.

Harper slid awkwardly into third base in the top of the third inning after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag and appeared to hurt his hand. He stayed in and wound up scoring a run but was then removed before the bottom of the frame. The Nationals should provide an update on Harper shortly.
Sep 25 - 2:58 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports Nationals GM Mike Rizzo held a closed-door meeting with Bryce Harper, trainer Paul Lessard, and manager Dusty Baker to discuss Harper's right shoulder.

This impromptu discussion came soon after the second report from's Tom Verducci, in which Verducci again stated that Harper is playing through serious neck and shoulder discomfort. That story featured many intimate details, including a quote from one source stating that Harper "could barely throw the ball 40 feet" at one point this summer. "Bryce said it didn’t come from him," Baker told the Washington Post on Wednesday. "Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report. The trainer said no." Whatever the case, the proof is in the pudding that Harper isn't anywhere close to 100 percent. The reigning National League MVP is batting just .172 in September and .223 since the beginning of July.
Sep 22 - 9:36 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Tom Verducci's report suggesting that Bryce Harper has continued to play through neck and shoulder discomfort is "inaccurate."

"I don't know where he's getting that from," said Dusty. This feels like deja vu, as Baker and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo also had to refute a similar story from Verducci back in early August. Harper is toting a .180 batting average in September and doesn't look anywhere close to 100 percent, but he is starting in right field and batting third for the Nats on Tuesday night against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The defending NL MVP refused to address the Verducci report (linked in a previous blurb) when probed about it on Tuesday afternoon.
Sep 20 - 5:14 PM

Bryce Harper (shoulder, neck) is back in the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday.

Harper was given the night off Monday and Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday afternoon that the 2015 NL MVP is still struggling through shoulder and neck discomfort. But it's something Harper is going to continue to try to play through. He will start in right field and bat third Tuesday versus Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.
Sep 20 - 4:09 PM

Tom Verducci of hears that Bryce Harper continues to play through discomfort in his right shoulder/neck.

The Nationals previously denied a report on Harper's shoulder back in August, but manager Dusty Baker told Verducci last weekend that "the shoulder thing" has indeed bothered him. In fact, one source close to Harper told Verducci that at one point, the defending NL MVP "could barely throw the ball 40 feet." Verducci also relays a tidbit about Baker asking Harper why he played curiously shallow in right field over the weekend. After showing a bit of a resurgence at the plate last month, Harper is batting just .180 with three extra-base hits (including one homer) and a .613 OPS in 63 plate appearances this month.
Sep 20 - 1:05 PM

Bryce Harper is getting the night off Monday.

Chris Heisey will start in right field and bat sixth versus Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Harper figures to get a few more days of rest over the next two weeks as Washington wraps up the National League East title.
Sep 19 - 3:23 PM

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