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Bryce Harper continues rehab, will be less than 100 percent for Spring Training

Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper has done significant work off the field this season in order to be healthy and ready to go for the 2014 season on the field. In addition to adding some weight to endure the grueling length of the MLB season, Harper has been rehabbing his left knee after surgery this past October.

Harper discussed his progress at Washington’s FanFest this weekend, indicating that things are going well but he will not be 100 percent for the start of Spring Training (quotes from FoxSports):

‘Everybody knows how I did last year and how I got hurt. I just want to focus on this year and focus on what I need to do to get better, what the rehab is, how to get better in spring with my knee, running, hitting and everything…

”It’s going well right now…Trying to get back to full strength. See where I can get by spring training and see if I can maybe go through spring training and get to 100 percent by the time the season starts…

”…I sprinted for the first time three weeks ago. That was awesome. No pain. To run with no pain was a lot of fun. I haven’t hit with no pain for about, I mean, a year.”

The Nationals will have World Series aspirations once again in 2014. To realize those expectations, they will need a full season from Harper, who was limited to 118 games in 2013.

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