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Nationals dismiss report about Bryce Harper shoulder injury

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Two prominent members of the Washington Nationals on Tuesday dismissed a report discussing the extent of Bryce Harper’s shoulder injury.

SI’s Tom Verducci wrote a column Tuesday about the Nats’ playoff hopes, which he said were dampened by Harper’s shoulder concerns. Verducci reported a source told him the neck/shoulder issue was such a problem that Harper could barely throw a ball 40 feet at one point. Verducci even said Nats manager Dusty Baker admitted to him that Harper’s shoulder issue had been a problem.

When asked about the report Tuesday, Harper declined to talk about it. Both Baker and Nats GM Mike Rizzo dismissed the injury concerns.

The reigning NL MVP is batting .242 with 24 home runs this season. He’s batting just .220 with five home runs since the All-Star break compared to .256 with 19 home runs prior to the break. Entering Tuesday, Harper only recorded one hit since Sept. 11.

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