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MLB Injury News:
Yesterday, we pointed out that Bryce Harper has no structural damage in his knee and is expected to be able to play after sitting out a couple games. What isn't clear is exactly how serious the inflammation in his knee was and when Davey Johnson will let him back into the lineup. Things got even more murky yesterday when Harper revealed that he was not allowed to speak about his injury. However, just before game time last night, Johnson indicated that he would pencil Harper into today's lineup.
Bryce Harper here in New York, in good spirits. He said he couldn't speak with reporters about his injury, on the orders of Mike Rizzo.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) September 10, 2013
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post later confirmed through Johnson that the plan was to play Harper today as long as all is sound medically. Of course, with Harper not talking and Johnson not talking, we won't know all is sound until the lineup cards are put out.
“He can run around, take batting practice, stuff like that,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “If he can do that, that would be good for him and his cause to play tomorrow.”
Harper experienced a relatively injury-free rookie season, but this season has been much different. He has missed quite a few games and is on pace to play less games than in his rookie year despite being with the team since the start of the season. However, Harper has proven that when healthy he is better than he was last season.
This year, Harper is hitting .273/.377/.504 with 19 home runs. If he can club three more bombs, he will match last season's home run total in less games. Unfortunately, Harper's health is likely part of the reason the Nats have failed to live up to expectations this season. With Harper and others injured for much of the year, the Nationals have struggled to stay above .500.
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