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Bryce Harper was ordered by Nationals management not to talk about his injury

Mike Oz
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We know the Washington Nationals are fond of innings limits for their pitchers, but now we've learned GM Mike Rizzo favors gag orders too.

Bryce Harper, out since Saturday with a hip injury that caused him to drop to the ground during batting practice, re-joined his Nats teammates in New York on Tuesday, almost ready to play again. There, Harper told The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore that he was ordered by Rizzo to keep quiet about his injury.

Last week, Harper admitted to CSN Washington that he's been injured since April when he slammed into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium. You can connect those dots, right? Hey, at least we know Brian Cashman isn't the only GM who tells his injured to stars to shut up.

Raise suspicion indeed. But if Harper was allowed to talk Tuesday, that must mean things are good ... enough. An MRI after Saturday's incident cleared Harper's hip of structural damage, so now he's expected to rest up another day and return to the lineup Wednesday.

As Kilgore later noted, Bryce seemed OK during Tuesday's BP session.

The Nats are clinging to thin postseason hopes (but they are selling playoff tickets), so any upper-deck mashing from their young star would certainly help.

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