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National’s Expecting Bryce Harper Back For Postseason

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The Washington Nationals are holding out hope that Bryce Harper can return to the team in time for the postseason.

General manager Mike Rizzo said Harper suffered a “significant” bone bruise in his left knee but avoided the kind of ligament or tendon damage and it’s that bit of news that has Washington hopeful that Harper can help them in the postseason.

“Of course you’re going to think the worst,” Rizzo said. “It’s definitely a bad feeling.” Rizzo said that the team “dodged a bullet”.

“It was definitely a relief,” Harper said on Sunday.

“We’re going to take some time to definitely let it heal. I want to be at 100 percent whenever I play. The World Series is definitely on my mind, playoffs, things like that.”

While there is no clear or defined timetable for a Harper return, manager Dusty Baker mentioned a timetable of 10 days to two weeks time.

The Nationals pointed to the wet conditions of the game while Harper simply categorized the injury as a “freak accident.”

“I don’t like wet bases,” Harper said. “It’s just an unfortunate situation that happened. There’s nothing I can do.”

“We don’t know how long he’s going to be out, but he will be back before the end of the season,” Baker said. “We expect him to be back for the stretch drive and be healthy. That’s what we want.”

“If I don’t feel good, then I’m not going to go out there and play,” Harper said. “Of course if we were in the playoffs right now I’d tape it up and get out there and hobble the best I could and do that.”

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Phillies Sign Andrew McCutchen to 3-Year, $50M Contract

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with free agent veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen on a 3-year, $50 million contract, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.

McCutchen, 32, started the 2018 campaign with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to the New York Yankees ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

McCutchen performed well for the Yankees, and the Phillies are banking on that version of McCutchen moving forward.

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Marlins Outright Yadiel Rivera, Brett Graves

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The Miami Marlins have outrighted infielder Yadiel Rivera and right hander Brett Graves, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Wells Dusenbury.

Rivera, 26, hit the majors this past season to the tune of a .173/.269/.216 batting line in 160 plate appearances.

Graves pitched for Miami this season, his first stint in the majors, and posted a 5.40 ERA.

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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