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Bryce Harper, Davey Johnson disagree on return

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10:03 AM ET 06.23 | Outfielder Bryce Harper said Saturday that he has no pain in his injured left knee and that it feels better every day. But that doesn't necessarily mean that he's ready to play a rehab game at Class A Potomac on Tuesday, as Nationals manager Davey Johnson had suggested. "Tuesday, that's kind of early," Harper said. "I'm thinking Wednesday or Thursday maybe. I'm not sure. We'll see how I feel. If I feel good, then I'll go play. If I feel something isn't right, then I'm not going to go play. It depends on how I'm feeling." Johnson said that's not Harper's call to make. "When a player starts playing, it's really up to me, what I think they need. Not up to the player," Johnson said. "I'm always trying to do what's best for the player. But at the same time, it's my job to know when they're ready and when they're not. "He's probably worried about timing and everything being letter perfect. All that changes if you're in Potomac. You may never get your timing there because it's a whole new ballgame there, guys don't have command as well as they do up here, and there's a big variation in how they pitch to guys."

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June 23, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Lot of games left to play. It is June , not September, listen to your coach Bryce....

June 23, 2013  10:58 AM ET

Davey is at it again!!!

June 23, 2013  11:53 AM ET

I am glad that Johnson is letting Harper know who the manager is and who is the player. Too many times players try to tell the manager when and where they will play.

June 23, 2013  12:21 PM ET

Not a Harper fan, but if he doesn't feel that he's ready, I would think they would protect him. Hopefully, Johnson's ego doesn't end up hurting this kid. I agree with the sentiment that it's the coach's decision when players play, but if a player is injured... why would you force him?

June 24, 2013  01:20 AM ET

Success is already beginning to spoil the former wunderkind. Ego is such a b****

June 24, 2013  03:13 AM ET

Usually, the prima donna athlete tells the team he is not ready, and that more rest is needed. But Bryce Harper is NO prima donna. All he wants to do is play baseball. Get well soon, Bryce, you're a great player and a credit to the game.

June 24, 2013  03:13 AM ET

Also, I did not recognize him without the beard, but I suppose I don't know who else it would be in the photo with Johnson.

June 24, 2013  07:06 AM ET

Actually that decision isn't necessarily all Johnson's the medical staff could override Johnsons if they feel harpers knee isn't quite ready to play on. If medical staff OKs harper to play then Johnson could make decision when Harper goes to rehab. however Harper should have some say also. He is the only one who actually knows how his knee feels. If his knee is sore he will not be able to brace on knee to drive pitch very far. it will take a while to get his power at the plate.

 
June 24, 2013  12:24 PM ET
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Usually, the prima donna athlete tells the team he is not ready, and that more rest is needed. But Bryce Harper is NO prima donna. All he wants to do is play baseball. Get well soon, Bryce, you're a great player and a credit to the game.

Its funny how they try to spin non stories into negative ones with this kid.

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