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Bryce Harper says his surgically-repaired knee “feels great”

Jan 25, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper underwent surgery in October to debride and repair the bursa sac in his left knee, but he told Mark Zuckerman of at NatsFest today that it “feels great” and he began sprinting about three weeks ago.

Harper was banged up following collisions with the outfield wall in April and May last year, but he admitted today that he was actually hurting even earlier. While he played through the pain for most of the season, he said his big takeaway from 2013 is that he’ll “probably never do that again.” The young phenom won’t say for sure if he’ll be 100 percent for the start of spring training, but there should still be plenty of time for him to get ready for the season even if the Nationals ease him into things.

Harper, 21, hit .274/.368/.486 with 20 home runs, 58 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 118 games last season.

  1. Ayana Rashed - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

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  2. Ayana Rashed - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

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    • karlkolchak - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM

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  3. beast2727 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    If he’s healthy you can just give him that MVP

  4. lazlosother - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    My worry about Bryce is the way he plays the game. He goes all out to the point of injury, hitting walls etc. The guy has ginormous talent and I hope it isn’t derailed by injuries. Fun player to watch and i hope we get to watch him for a long while.

  5. 461deep - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    His breakout year looms. Needs to avoid walls by studying wall shying tricks mastered by Ichiro and Abreu. Playing the game the right way does allow for common sense caution. Bryce should Mays and Aaron for tips.

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