Well, Sunday wasn't a good day for his sore left knee, which took a beating on two head-first slides in the first inning (which you can see below) and a foul ball that struck his knee in the third.
Harper eventually left the game in the bottom of the seventh after drawing a walk, doing so with a noticeable limp.
After the Nationals' 6-1 win over the Phillies, manager Davey Johnson said that he expects Harper to miss several days, an assertion that Harper vehemently disagreed with.
“I probably won’t get better until the offseason,” he told reporters. “So I’ll just have to deal with the pain and try to keep in there every day and we’ll see what happens.”
Of course, the most scrutinized knee in Washington sports belongs to Robert Griffin III, whose right knee was the subject of a Sportscenter "Live Look In" last week. So when a reporter compared Harper's situation to that of Griffin's (playing through an injury that probably shouldn't be played through), Harper was none too pleased.
"No, it's not," Harper responded. "That's a dumb comment."
Not quite a clown question, but it'll do.
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