VIERA, Fla. -- Manager Matt Williams said outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to be ready for Spring Training. Harper underwent offseason surgery to repair the bursa in his left knee. Harper hurt the knee on May 13, when he slammed into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium.
"As far as I know, he is full go for Spring Training. We are going to monitor him, though," Williams said. "We are going to see how his knee reacts. … We'll monitor him every day. If we see anything that is bothering him, we'll modify his program, first. And if we have to hold him out a day, we hold him out a day to make sure he is ready to go. Right now, he is full go."
At NatsFest, Harper said he wanted to spend a lot of time in Spring Training strengthening his lower body and making sure he doesn't rush the process.
"It's all about how I feel in rehab and how I feel that day," Harper said in January. "If I'm not feeling very well, if the knee's not reacting very well, then I'll take a day off and see where I'm at the next day."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.