Bryce Harper to be quite operational for spring training
Word in November was that the fluid sac between two of Bryce Harper's left knee muscles was inflammed. It's called bursitis, but it hasn't seemed to slowed him down too much.
Despite his condition, new Nationals manager Matt Williams expects the Nationals' centerfielder to be ready for another go at terrorizing National League pitching come spring, which he likely did not say while cackling evilly from underneath a black, tattered robe.
Earlier talk was that Harper, along with Washington ace Stephen Strasburg, would be gentle getting into the preseason on account of his knee. But Williams described the situation as "full go" for Harper, with the addendum that the team would obviously be watching him and his knee like a hawk. Harper's own horrifying offseason plans included a brief break followed by getting "as big as a house" in the weight room, adding 10-15 lbs.
In 118 games last season, the 20-year-old Harper hit .274/.368/.486 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI. His boiling hot start (.344, 1.150 OPS for 26 games in March-April) was followed by a weak May (.193, .687 OPS in 18 games) due to some time off due to injury from running into outfield walls.