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Diamond Cuts: Conflicting Reports

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, PES, LAT). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Bryce Harper

Fans continue to anxiously await the return of Harper, who has not played since May 26. Harper has been sidelined with bursitis in his left knee but even Harper and his manager Davey Johnson could not pinpoint when he would begin his expected rehab assignment. The player and manager gave reporters conflicting answers but it seem the two have come to an agreement and Harper should be with Class A Potomac on Wednesday.

An impressive performance during batting practice proved Harper's upper-body strength has not diminished during his time off. However how the knee responds to extended activity will be another issue. Any excessive swelling or soreness could cause the Nationals to readjust their timeline and extend his time in the minors. As Harper begins his rehab assignment keep a close eye on many innings he is able to play and if he participates in back-to-back outings. Harper's conditioning will also be lacking but will improve if the knee hold

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