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Daniel Murphy looking good for Game 1 vs. Dodgers: 'I feel confident'

Daniel Murphy looking good for Game 1 vs. Dodgers: 'I feel confident'

The Nationals' handling Daniel Murphy's left buttock strain as they approach Game 1 of the NL Division Series has been the definition of taking it day-to-day. Even 24 hours before first pitch, Murphy and his manager Dusty Baker were not ready to commit fully to him being in the starting lineup. The assumption remains that he will be there, but nothing is quite official yet.

"Tomorrow’s not promised to any of us. So there’s always a chance I’m not in there. But I feel confident right now. I’m going to try everything I can to be in there tomorrow," Murphy said.

The Nats second baseman continued to simulate as much as possible in his on-field workout on Thursday. He took batting practice, grounders in the infield and ran sprints, all under the watchful eye of the Nationals training staff. Running, in particular is the biggest test for him right now.

"He looked pretty good. And you know, he says he's ready and so, therefore, you know, we think he's ready," Baker said. "He did about everything that you could do simulating the game. Everything but slide. But yeah, he looked pretty good."

[RELATED: Nats not overly concerned injuries will affect defense]

Murphy ramped up his workout on Wednesday to turn double plays and field grounders hit far to his left and right. Thursday he took a slight step back in the intensity of his workout, but by design.

“I felt really good out there. Harvey [Sharman], the head trainer, put my through a good workout. I think we kind of tapered it down a little bit today, just like a little bit of a recovery day. But it was good to hit the bases, cut and I felt really good out there.”

One other piece of news was shared on Thursday that relates to Murphy and his injury. The Nationals announced that Wilmer Difo has made the playoff roster. He will be on the bench in part as a contingency plan for Murphy, in case he aggravates his injury mid-game.

"[Difo] can play all three infield positions, and with Daniel Murphy still coming off an injury, he gives us a possibility at second base late in the game and run for Daniel Murphy, as well," Baker said.

At this point, it appears Murphy is good to go for Game 1. But that doesn't mean his injury will not be in mind when the Nats take the field on Friday evening.

[RELATED: Wait is tough for several Nats on playoff roster bubble]

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Bryce Harper wants Tony Romo to predict his future after AFC championship game

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Bryce Harper wants Tony Romo to predict his future after AFC championship game

Bryce Harper has been having a little fun on Twitter lately with his fans, who are still anxiously waiting to hear which MLB team the coveted free agent will sign with this season. 

And the 26-year-old slugger's jokes continued through the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. 

The Patriots' 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs was broadcasted on CBS, so former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was calling the game, along with Jim Nantz. Since Romo joined the broadcast booth for the 2017 season, he's repeatedly proven he can read a defense before a quarterback does and predict a play before it unfolds. 

He did it again during the AFC championship matchup, and fans watching were stunned at his accuracy. And that brings us to Harper, who chimed in with a joke about Romo's spot-on predictions.

So, does this mean Harper knows what his future team is?! Maybe he's growing as tired of the anticipation as fans (especially Nationals fans) are. 

Recently, he's been responding on Twitter to discussions about where he'll end up with shrugging and questioning emojis -- making light of the offseason's biggest mystery. 

After Romo's proven history of being able to predict the future on the NFL side with incredible accuracy, maybe he does know Harper's future too. Here's a look at some of his predictions from the Patriots-Chiefs game, as well as from his first couple seasons in the booth.

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Bryce Harper's longtime friend Kris Bryant says Harper isn't headed for Cubs

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Bryce Harper's longtime friend Kris Bryant says Harper isn't headed for Cubs

After weeks of twists and turns and not enough information for any Nationals fan's satisfaction, the Chicago Cubs seem to be out of the race for free agent Bryce Harper.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant seemingly confirmed the news on Friday night from the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Cubs Convention.

"He's not signing here," Bryant said as he sat down with NBC Sports Chicago. 

Though there have been no official reports of whether or not the Cubs are completely out in the race to sign Harper, a word from one of Harper's longtime friends shouldn't be brushed aside.

Bryant and Harper took the field together in the 2016 MLB All-Star game, and faced off in the 2017 NLDS Cubs-Nats matchup. 

The pair have known each other since grade schoool, and played for rival high schools in Las Vegas. But despite their history, Bryant says that they haven't chatted much about the situation otherwise, choosing to focus on preserving their friendship.

"I never bring it up to him," Bryant admitted. "I try to be a good friend to him, and not talk about baseball when he doesn't want to talk about baseball."

"Whatever happens, I wish [him] the best."

You can see more of Bryant's interview with NBCSC below.

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