Bryce Harper missed a lot of time last season -- 44 games to be exact -- due in no small part to a knee injury. The 21-year-old required surgery on his left knee to treat a case of bursitis, a condition that was most likely spurred on by a collision with the outfield wall in late April of last year. With such a bright future in store for a healthy Harper, the Nationals and their fans are very concerned about the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year's ability to avoid injury in the future. This fear has ignited a debate about the all-out way in which Harper plays the game.
Bryce Harper is not willing to participate in this debate.
"I play hard," Harper said. "And I'm going to see how my knee reacts to that. If it reacts bad, I'll take a day off. If it reacts good, I'll keep playing like that."
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