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Davey to have talk with Harper

Aug 31, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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A day after Bryce Harper’s effort on a groundout was questioned by his teammates and bench coach Randy Knorr, manager Davey Johnson elaborated on what he thinks happened in the eighth inning of the Nationals’ loss to the Mets.

Johnson believes Harper was favoring his left knee on the play, the same one that’s been sore since he collided twice with outfield walls back in May. Harper told CSN recently he hasn’t felt as strong since banging his knee, and Johnson now says it’s a concern.

“I think it’s still an issue,” Johnson said. “I think it’s probably there. He can probably play with it, but if he head-first slides or dives in the outfield, it’s probably going to flare up. But hopefully he’ll get through the season.”

Whatever the reason for Harper pulling up early on the ground ball, Johnson plans to have a talk with the 20-year-old about it.

“I don’t know what’s going through his mind. I’ll have a conversation,” he said. “He’s usually 100 percent in. But I’ll talk to him.”

Johnson also reiterated what was discussed back in June when Harper saw Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, that offseason surgery may be necessary to remove the bursa sac in his knee.

“That was talked about a while back. That’s definitely an option,” Johnson said. “I think it’s going to be up to Bryce and Dr. Wiemi [Douoguih].”

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  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Surprising Davey didn’t take care of it when Bryce arrived to clear the air.

    What’s more problematic as a team issue to me is its almost become automatic to swing on any 3-0 pitch near the strike zone.

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Maybe, but the pitch Bryce swung at would’ve been a called strike anyway so it didn’t really end up making a difference.

      • Chazz - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but I recall him grounding out on a 3-1 pitch. If he takes it and it’s called a strike, it’s just strike 2.

  2. section309 - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    It’s shameful the way they treat Bryce while Zim and LaFail continue to underperform and make up one of the worst corner infields in baseball. DFA Laroche and force Zim to first or trade his overpaid butt.

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      No, we’re going to leave Zim where he is. He’ll be ok once his shoulder is fully healed.

  3. natsguy - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Davey needs to talk to RZim about his fielding and leave Bryce alone.

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