MLB notes: Bryce Harper hasn't been healthy in months

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper admitted he hasn't been 100% since the end of April....

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper admitted he hasn't been 100% since the end of April. (JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters)

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Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper hasn't had a clean bill of health in four months.

Harper admitted he hasn't been 100% since at least April 30 when he smashed into an outfield wall, bruising his ribcage.

"Ever since I hit the wall, pretty much every day I feel something different," the 20-year-old told CSNWashington.com. "Or something will feel better, and then something else hurts."

Despite stellar numbers for his age -- a .275 batting average, 19 home runs and 49 RBIs in 100 games -- Harper hasn't fully lived up to the lofty expectations placed on him prior to his sophomore season.

Harper, who sat out the Nationals' game Wednesday due to a nagging hip injury, said the ailments have "pretty much" been exclusive to the left side of his body.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson has sympathy for last season's top National League rookie.

"He’s still awful young and he’s still learning the league and pitchers. This is an important time for him," Johnson said. "It’s a shame that he hasn’t been 100% healthy."

FLOWERS FELT ‘EXTREME’ PAIN

Tyler Flowers, who had season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday, has been dealing with self-described "extreme" pain for more than a year now.

Flowers, catcher for the Chicago White Sox, never bothered to tell manager Robin Ventura about the health problems until recently, according to CSNChicago.com.

"The starting job was definitely a driving force to exhaust every option I could," Flowers said when asked why he kept his mouth shut.

Flowers slid into the starter role when A.J. Pierzynski signed with the Texas Rangers in the off-season.

Now, Flowers is shelved three to six months.

"I was never at a point where I was thinking he was going to have to have surgery the next day," said Ventura, explaining how he truly did not know about Flowers' injury problems.

"Again, it’s (up to) the player as far as communication."

Flowers, 27, appeared in 84 games this season, hitting a woeful .195. He pitched in 10 home runs and 24 RBIs.

BRIEFLY

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel was activated from the disabled list Thursday. Hammel, 31, was shelved six weeks with a strained forearm … Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown told MLB.com Thursday he’ll be out “at least a week” thanks to tendinitis in his right Achilles tendon … St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig has a sprained left foot with no fracture, the team announced Thursday. Craig, 29, hurt himself while rounding first base Wednesday night.


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