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Preseason can’t come soon enough for the Washington Nationals.
After being eliminated in the NLDS by the Los Angeles Dodgers, with star outfielder Bryce Harper’s health repeatedly questioned and Stephen Strasburg out with a flexor mass strain, agent Scott Boras – representative of both players – told MLB Network’s Jon Morosi the pair are expected to be ready for spring training in March.
Reports surfaced over the summer that Harper had been playing through a shoulder injury, which may have explained an uncharacteristically quiet year at the plate, where he slashed .243/.373/.441 with 24 home runs.
The club vehemently refuted the reports, however, saying Harper told them himself he was fine.
Strasburg’s condition, meanwhile, was less contentious. The 28-year-old right-hander went on the disabled list in August before re-injuring himself in his first game back on Sept. 7. Strasburg revealed to reporters he felt a “pinch” in his elbow during the brief return, before an MRI helped officially diagnose him with a forearm strain, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
Strasburg, who signed a seven-year, $175-million extension in May, crafted a 3.60 ERA in 24 starts this season for the Nationals.