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Harper cleared to play, Zimmerman still out


Harper cleared to play, Zimmerman still out

PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals lineup Monday, having passed multiple concussion tests administered to him over the previous 24 hours following his collision with Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich.

“He’s fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “No issues from yesterday. And he didn’t have any issues last night. He’s good to go. He’s ready and anxious to get back out there.”

Harper had been removed from Sunday’s game in Miami after his first-inning collision with Dietrich as he rounded second on Jayson Werth’s grounder to short. Though he didn’t appear to hit his head on the play, Harper reported some dizziness to Nationals head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz, who decided to pull him from the game.

Harper passed a concussion test during the game, though, and again passed tests administered Sunday night after the club arrived in Philadelphia and again Monday afternoon after he went through some early conditioning drills. The club planned still planned to monitor him closely during pregame drills.

“If he reports anything after batting practice, once he gets hot and going, [we’ll adjust],” Williams said. “He’s done all his pregame work, all his routines in the cage, without any issues. Done some weight work, too, to make sure that increase in heart rate and blood pressure doesn’t get to him. And nothing so far. All indications are that he’s good.”

First baseman Ryan Zimmerman, meanwhile, remained out of the lineup for the sixth straight game, his strained oblique muscle still not healed enough to allow him to swing a bat.

Zimmerman has begun exercises on his abdominal muscles, Williams said, but has not advanced to the oblique, which still hurts when he rotates and coughs.

With only three weeks remaining in the season, Zimmerman could be running out of time to play again in 2015, but the Nationals aren’t ready to make that determination yet.

“I know he’s trying everything he can to get back and get in the lineup for us,” Williams said. “We just don’t know. You have an injury like that, you know oblique injuries are difficult. And the nature of that oblique is to either start the swing or stop the swing, depending on what side it’s an issue. If he starts feeling better the next few days, we can start getting him some reps and getting him some swings and seeing where he’s at and adjust from there. At this point, we just don’t know until he gets back on the horse and starts swinging again.”

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.