Bryce Harper RUMORS & NEWS

  • Bryce Harper joins elite club with 30th home run in age-22 season

    CBS Sports "Harper's three-run shot against the Giants wasn't enough in an 8-5 loss that dropped the Nats to 10-18 since the All-Star break. They're 4 1/2 games behind the Mets in the NL East and 8 1/2 off the wild-card pace thanks to the Cubs most recent surge. The Nats have 47 games to play, but if their..." August 15

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    Chris Johnson @masnCJ

    #Nats say Bryce Harper was scratched from tonight's game with left knee soreness.

  • Nationals manager: Bryce Harper needs to avoid getting ejected

    Masn "In a tie game with postseason implications in a playoff-type atmosphere, Bryce Harper, arguably the MVP of the National League, got himself ejected after striking out in the 11th inning. "He needs to stay in the baseball game," manager Matt Williams repeated three times, after the Nationals..." August 02

  • Harper on Greinke's historic stretch: 'I don't think he was very tough'

    CSN Washington "Dodgers starter Zack Greinke continued a historic stretch on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals by extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings. That's the fourth-longest such streak since 1961 and the best since Orel Hershiser's 59 straight in 1988. He is just the third..." July 20

  • Harper won’t participate in Home Run Derby

    Nats Insider "Bryce Harper won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, not wanting to compete in the annual All-Star Game event with his father injured and unavailable to pitch to him. Harper, who finished runner-up in the 2013 derby at Citi Field with father Ron as his pitcher, said he couldn’t imagine..." July 07

  • Bryce Harper to skip home run derby

    ESPN "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is taking the night off before he plays in the All-Star Game, telling reporters Monday that he will skip the home run derby. Harper had been invited to participate in the derby for the second time. One reason Harper passed on the event is his..." July 06

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    #Nats still checking on Harper and Span, but Williams says Escobar is "no-go" for today.

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Harper's R leg cramped up as he went into 2B in 11th. Told Williams he could score on a hit. Getting treatment now, re-evaluate tomorrow.

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    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Bryce Harper is back in the Nats' lineup after missing just one game with his hamstring injury.

  • Nationals' Harper diagnosed with mild left hamstring strain, will be re-evaluated Friday

    The Score "Bryce Harper understands that things could have been much worse. The Washington Nationals outfielder departed Thursday's game in the sixth inning after a scary looking incident that resulted in him laying on the grass in pain grabbing his left knee. Harper was able to walk off the field..." June 19

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    MLB Communications @MLB_PR

    The first NL #ASG Balloting Update is in:

  • Bryce Harper: Mike Trout is the best player in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "No player in baseball has come out of the gate hotter than Bryce Harper this season. The Washington Nationals outfielder is hitting .333 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI. He leads the major leagues with 39 runs, 26 extra-base hits, 40 walks and an OPS of 1.198. Could Harper soon overtake Mike Trout as..." May 26

  • Bryce Harper fully engaged and showing off his many talents

    ESPN "The month of May is big for graduations and life passages, so this is as suitable a time as any to look beyond the eye black and Natitude and take stock of where Washington right fielder Bryce Harper stands in his educational timeline. With each authoritative swing -- or decision to lay off a..." May 26

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Bryce Harper on Kris Bryant: "When we were younger, we used to call him ‘Silk,’ because he was so smooth with everything he did." #Cubs

  • Bryce Harper on Marvin Hudson ejection: “I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump”

    CSN Washington "Hours after they were tossed from Wednesday night's win over the Yankees by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and right fielder Bryce Harper remained fired up about their third inning ejections. Harper and Williams were still confused as to why they were..." May 21

  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez relates to Nationals' Bryce Harper on and off the field

    New York Daily News "It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be Bryce Harper. Sports Illustrated cover boy at 16, No. 1 overall pick at 17, Rookie of the Year at 19. Whirlwind probably doesn’t begin to describe what Harper has experienced during the past five or six years. Alex Rodriguez understands. The..." May 19

  • Bryce Harper is still the National League’s youngest player

    Hardball Talk "J.J. Cooper of Baseball America put together a list of the youngest player at each minor-league level, which is always useful when evaluating the performance of a prospect relative to his competition. He also included the youngest players in the majors and what stood out to me is this: Bryce..." April 10

  • Players again vote Bryce Harper MLB’s most overrated player

    Washington Post "ESPN The Magazine’s baseball preview issue declares it’s the Nationals’ time — now and in the coming years. The magazine projects the Nationals to win a major league-best 91 games, which is 10 more than their projected closest competitor in the National League East, the Miami Marlins...." March 20

  • Harper says he has to 'step up' for Nationals "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last year. He made it clear Sunday that he wants to stay injury-free and he would like to get better at the plate. Although he missed 62 games because of a thumb injury, Harper put up respectable numbers, hitting .273 with 13..." March 02

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    On need for Harper to carry more load, Williams: "It's safe to say he'll most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup."

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Bryce Harper receives 2 year, $7.5 million deal, avoiding grievance w #Nats

  • Will Giancarlo Stanton’s historic contract ever impact Bryce Harper?

    Washington Post "Baseball salaries are determined very much like real estate prices, using a thorough perusal of the surrounding properties in the neighborhood – the “comps.” Who else around here has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths and was built in, say, 1990? Who else, after their first six years in the..." November 20

  • Bryce Harper to marry Kayla Varner in January

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and Ohio State soccer player Kayla Varner are planning two weddings for Jan. 2-3 in southern California. They will be married in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ceremony on Jan. 2 and follow with a traditional wedding on Jan. 3. Harper,..." October 14

  • Bryce Harper reminds baseball he's still fantastic

    SB Nation "Bryce Harper had a rough 2014 in a lot of ways. Before the season even began, he was labeled the most overrated player in the game by other baseball players. He missed some time with injuries and had to go on a rehab assignment in the minors, and had to listen to segments of the media swear on..." October 08

  • Harper latest to come down with illness

    Nats Insider "The illness that plagued Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon and others on the Nationals’ roster the last two weeks apparently has now taken down Bryce Harper as well. Harper had to come out of Monday night’s game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded and..." September 16

  • Bryce Harper rediscovers his hitting stroke

    CSN Washington "Throughout Bryce Harper's early, frustrating days back from the disabled list, manager Matt Williams insisted the young slugger's hitting stroke would return at some point. He just needed time and at-bats to find it. Sure enough, it has come together over the last two weeks. In 11 games since..." July 30

  • Harper set to return tonight

    Masn "Finally. For the first time since the seventh inning on opening day, the Nationals will have their full roster in place today, when Bryce Harper is activated from the disabled list. Harper played in just 22 games this season before tearing a ligament in his left thumb when sliding into third..." June 30

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    Washington Nationals @Nationals

    Bryce Harper's rehab assignment will continue tomorrow with Double-A Harrisburg in Akron, OH, #Nats Manager Matt Williams said.

  • Harper to start rehab assignment "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Monday with Class A Potomac. The 21-year-old Harper will play at least two games for Potomac and then be re-evaluated. He will be playing all three outfield positions during his rehab assignment. The..." June 24

  • Wilson Ramos, Bryce Harper on track for rehab assignments

    Washington Post "For the second straight day, Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos took early batting practice at Nationals Park and again ran through another bucket of balls. As they did the day before, both drilled line drives and moonshot home runs as they progressed in their respective rehabs. Both produced loud..." June 21

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Bryce Harper (thumb) will pick up a bat & take light swings & play catch for first time next week, per Williams. No BP yet; he's easing in.

  • Nationals’ Bryce Harper will rehab his thumb by playing PlayStation

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper will take as much time as needed for his broken surgically repaired thumb to heal before returning to the Nationals, and if my rehab involved playing video games, I might take even longer. “He says he’s not getting caught up in timetables,” MASN’s Dan Kolko reported during..." June 07

  • Nationals hopeful of July 1 return for Bryce Harper

    Washington Post "Nationals Manager Matt Williams is hopeful of a July 1 return for injured Bryce Harper, but admitted there is no firm timetable for the outfielder’s healing left thumb. “He’s itching and pacing,” Williams said. “It’s one of those things where he’s 21 years old and if it doesn’t heal right it..." June 05

  • Harper's engine in the shop again, but his time will come

    Fox Sports "He plays too hard. He doesn't play hard enough. Amid the constant debate surrounding Washington outfielder Bryce Harper, let's not forget that he is 21, the youngest player in the majors. He would be the youngest player on the Nationals' Triple-A club and the youngest on their Double-A club, as..." May 01

  • Harper gives thumbs-up after thumb surgery

    CSN Washington "Bryce Harper had surgery Tuesday to repair the torn ligament in his left thumb, letting the world know all was fine by tweeting a photo of himself post-operation giving a thumbs-up sign. "On the road to recovery..Everything went great and I'll be back soon! Thank you to all the fans for the..." April 30

  • Bryce Harper tore thumb ligament, out until July

    ESPN "Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and is expected to be out until at least early July, according to multiple sources. Harper, 21, injured his hand with a head-first slide into third base to..." April 29

  • Nats said to fear Harper could miss significant time with thumb injury

    CBS Sports "The Nationals fear young wunderkind Bryce Harper may miss significantly longer than his 15-day disables list stay because of a thumb injury, sources say. While Washington back-dated the 15-day allotment in case he's ready in a couple of weeks, there is concern within the organization he could..." April 28

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    Andrew Simon @AndrewSimonMLB

    Williams: Harper saw hand specialist, having MRI. Likely out tomorrow. #Nats

  • Bryce Harper leaves game with thumb injury

    CBS Sports "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was forced to leave Friday night's game against San Diego with what looked like a left thumb injury. As can be easily seen, the issue came up when he slid head-first into third base and caught his thumb area awkwardly. Nate McLouth took Harper's spot in the..." April 26

  • Bryce Harper stopped hustling three days after getting benched for not hustling

    USA Today "It was lost in the hullabaloo over 500th home runs and generous Air Force servicemen, but Tuesday night’s Nationals-Angels game featured more base-running drama from Bryce Harper. Three days after being benched by new manager Matt Williams for a “lack of hustle” on the base paths, Harper did it..." April 23

  • Bryce Harper, Jordan Zimmermann lead Nationals to 9-2 rout of Marlins

    Washington Post "Two players central to the Washington Nationals’ plans began the season puzzlingly slow. Bryce Harper, the Nationals’ star outfielder, declared himself “lost” at the plate after only five games, and his equipment paid the price for his frustration. Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals’ most consistent..." April 15

  • Scott Boras suggests Mike Trout’s contract will not relate to Bryce Harper

    Washington Post "Angels outfielder Mike Trout, the consensus best player in baseball and a 22-year-old dynamo frequently compared to Nationals phenom Bryce Harper, agreed to a contract extension Friday night that, starting in 2015, will reportedly pay him nearly $145 million. The deal covers his remaining three..." March 30

  • Healthy Harper moves on from injury that hampered '13 "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been in camp for two days, but one could never tell he had left knee surgery this past offseason. On Tuesday, he took hitting practice at Space Coast Stadium without any problems. On Wednesday, after taking his physical and watching the United States'..." February 20

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Matt Williams sounds like he is leaning toward batting Bryce Harper fifth. Reasoning: can clean up RBIs, protect 3-4, run more often.

  • Harper “full-go” from start of camp

    Nats Insider "Bryce Harper hasn’t reported to spring training yet, but the Nationals star outfielder will be cleared for full participation once he does, according to new manager Matt Williams. “As far as I know, he is full-go for spring training,” Williams said Saturday following the club’s first workout..." February 15

  • Harper expects to weigh 245 pounds by spring

    CSN Washington "Late in the 2013 season Bryce Harper made a statement about his plans for the winter, putting it bluntly how he wanted to "get as big as a house." It was his way of saying he wants to bulk up for 2014 and gain weight. Now Harper has a specific weight in mind. He told ESPN this week he hopes to..." January 04

  • Bryce Harper’s unique contract could lead to a grievance hearing

    Washington Post "As the Washington Nationals seek to augment a roster core they believe is built for long-term success, an unusual and previously unreported aspect of outfielder Bryce Harper’s contract remains unresolved. Harper, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 draft, reached an oral agreement on his..." November 16

  • Nationals Strasburg, Harper, LaRoche all have "successful" surgery

    Masn "The Nationals announced this morning that three players - Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche - underwent "successful" surgery this week. All three guys are expected to be ready for the start of spring training. Strasburg underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his..." October 26

  • Bryce Harper plans to relax, then ‘get big as a house’ after first full season

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper will not be watching the playoffs he said. He won’t even pay attention to the results. He cannot stomach postseason baseball when his team has been eliminated. “I couldn’t care less about it” Harper said. “I like college football. I’ll be watching that.” Harper eventually plans to..." September 30

  • Bryce Harper: ‘I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow’

    Washington Times "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is a devout Mormon but he’s not going to advocate his faith like football player Tim Tebow. “If somebody asks me about it I’ll tell them about it but I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow” Harper said quickly clarifying that he does not mean that in a..." September 27

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