Found April 18, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
When Bryce Harper stepped to the plate for his first at-bat against the Miami Marlins last night, he wasn't feeling like himself.  Harper, still battling a stomach flu that kept him out of Tuesday's game, returned to the lineup yesterday even though his body was telling him not to.  In fact, Harper could barely keep himself from vomitting after a sixth-inning double.  And he did vomit in the dugout during the second inning.  Yet, Harper finished the game 4-for-5 and the Nationals won. That's who Bryce Harper is.  If he's hurt, he'll play.  If he's sick he'll play.  Heck, if he were dead, he'd still find a way to play.  That's what the Nationals love so much about the 20-year old outfielder.  He said after the game he felt solid as a rock, but that was clearly not true.  His manager, Davey Johnson, said he thought Harper was going to die every time he went up for an at-bat.  But Harper didn't die.  He simply raised his batting average to .364. Harper already has five home runs on the season.  He was called up late last year, but he didn't hit his fifth home run until June 3rd last season.  He still finished with 22 round-trippers on the year.  Imagine what he can do with a full season and five home runs already through April 17th.  His desire to play this game and to play it well is infectious. The entire Nationals team picks up on it, and they go out and play hard every day.  Team veteran and leader Ryan Zimmerman is dealing with throwing issues right now, but he's not hanging his head.  He's going out every night and trying to fix his problems.  He's trying to overcome them by playing through it.  Denard Span, who hopes to return Friday, has been battling the same illness Harper is battling.  He's surely been inspired by Harper's performance last night. Greatness can be contagious.  All that's necessary is one little spark.  This is why despite the Atlanta Braves' hot start, many people still think the Nationals are the best team in the National League.  This is why Washington is finally a relevant baseball town.   This is why the Nationals have come together and are building something special.  A collection of talent is just that.  Someone has to spark that talent.  And in DC, Bryce Harper may be that spark. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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