Bryce Harper RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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 "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 "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 "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

  • Span’s streak ends, but Harper’s HR lifts Nats

    Washington Post "In the middle of the first inning Thursday night Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth pulled on their batting gloves and helmets together by the bat rack. In the Washington Nationals’ dugout they gave one another the usual pump-up speech — “Come on let’s get him whatever” Werth said later. Harper’s mind..." September 20

  • Harper becomes 2nd in history with two 20-HR seasons before age 21 "Young Nationals star Bryce Harper just keeps making age-related history. Thursday night he hit a three-run homer in the first inning. It was his 20th of the season. He's only 20 years old. He hit 22 homers last season. If you can read headlines you already know this but we'll reiterate: Harper..." September 19

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Davey says if all goes well in next 24 hours Harper will be in lineup tomorrow.

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    William Ladson @washingnats

    #Nats OF Bryce Harper will be out of action for two more days. Harper had test done on the hip and the doctors found inflammation. That’s it

  • Bryce Harper leaves team to get tests on hip "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is headed back to Washington D.C. to undergo tests on his hip. Harper who has been battling hip issues recently aggravated the issue during batting practice before Saturday's game. Harper was scratched with what manager Davey Johnson said after the game was..." September 08

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Bryce Harper scratched at the last minute for the Nats. Tyler Moore playing left for him.

  • Harper: ‘If I was hurting, I’d come out of the game’

    Nats Insider "Anybody watching Bryce Harper during Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the Phillies could tell the Nationals outfielder was less than 100 percent healthy. Harper took awkward swings he labored to get down the first-base line and he gingerly took his position in the field between innings. In the middle..." September 03

  • Offseason knee surgery is 'definitely an option' for Bryce Harper "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper missed more than a month with left knee buristis earlier this season and it's possible it is still preventing him from playing at full speed. If things don't improve in the coming weeks offseason surgery could be an option according to Dan Kolko of MASN..." September 01

  • Scott Boras opens up to Nats' media about potential 12-year Harper deal

    Washington Post "It started with a small question. Scott Boras turned the conversation into a dissertation on the future of baseball’s economic structure and how it could lead the Nationals to sign client Bryce Harper – without ever mentioning his name – to a 12-year contract. Boras and several members of his..." August 28

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Scott Boras at the yard today. He laid out a not-so-abstract case for the Nats signing Bryce Harper to a 12-year contract.

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    ProSportsDaily @PSDnews

    Bryce Harper has been scratched from the #Nats lineup vs. ATL tonight after meeting with manager Davey Johnson and trainer.

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Harper by the way felt hip spasm during 7th inn AB. Not concerned it's anything.

  • Bryce Harper aggravated his knee in Game 1 of doubleheader against the Mets

    Hardball Talk "Bryce Harper missed all of June with bursitis in his left knee and required treatment for the joint earlier this week. Now the situation has worsened further. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington Harper is not in the Nationals’ starting lineup for Game 2 of Friday’s day-night..." July 26

  • Bryce Harper’s walk-off home run against Pirates ends Nationals’ six-game skid

    Washington Post "After the most devastating moment of a disheartening season the Washington Nationals received a necessary reminder. They may have been stuck in a crushing skid. Their axles and wheels may have been flying in every direction. So many factions of the team may have failed them. But they still had..." July 25

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    William Ladson @washingnats

    Bryce Harper has a sore left knee. Nothing serious. #Nats #MLB #Nationals

  • Bryce Harper finishes behind Yoenis Cespedes in Home Run Derby

    Washington Post "It was always him and his dad. That’s how Bryce Harper remembers it. He would wait for Ron Harper to come home from his shift as an ironworker, a 5-year-old bundle of energy pleading for a pitcher. Out they would head, either into the family garage or to one of the dusty Las Vegas diamonds near..." July 16

  • Cespedes beats Harper to claim Derby title "Yoenis Cespedes might not be an actual All-Star, but he was the undisputed star on Monday night after winning his first Chevrolet Home Run Derby title. With nine homers in the finals, Cespedes topped Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who hit eight. Cespedes put on a show for the sold-out..." July 16