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VIDEO: Harper still recovering as spring training nears

Jan 27, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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Saturday’s NatsFest didn’t reveal anything shockingly new about the Nationals players, as many of them took time to talk to the media. There were some small revelations, but perhaps the biggest was Bryce Harper saying he may not be 100 percent by the time he reports to spring training.

The Nats outfielder is still recovering from surgery he had in October – a procedure that repaired the bursa sac in his left knee – and has about three weeks left to go in his rehab. Harper stopped by to talk with Mark in a one-on-one interview about several topics including his knee, returning to Washington, D.C. after a long offseason and how he plans to play more cautiously moving forward. You can tell he has learned a lot from last season and can’t wait to get started in 2014.

Check out the video right here:

  1. Another_Sam - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    IMHO even an 80% Bryce is in the very top tier in the league. But, if it’s just a matter of a few weeks I hope he gets to 100% before stressing things.

  2. Nats128 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Mark’s interview on 980 was interesting. Describing Danny, Mark used the word defiant a few times and even the word “delusional”. I’d say “full of sh**” and Danny has this season with no excuses to show what he is.

    I liked the “all star” wording Mark used on Ramos. I think with McCann in the AL it’s now Yadier and Ramos

  3. David Proctor - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Bryce may not be 100% by the start of ST, but he should be by March 1 or so which still gives him a month to prepare for the season. So I’m not too worried. Don’t rush, Bryce!

  4. natslifer - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Odd – he mentions the Nats being a family but that he hasn’t spoken to anyone since he left. I’ve got a brother like that… don’t care much as long as he hits.

    • David Proctor - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      This is pretty normal. He means like a family during the season. They may exchange some texts, but baseball players are rarely in much communication with one another in the offseason. Heck, even Charlie and Dave said they hadn’t talked.

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W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
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y-LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
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PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
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