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NL East Notes: Harper’s injury, Jose Fernandez

The latest from around the National League East.

New York Mets v Washington Nationals Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

A recent report has stated that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is playing through a injury to his right shoulder. For the second time this season, the report is originating from Sports Illustrated Tom Verducci.

During his media time on Tuesday, Harper didn’t want to talk about anything revolving the Verducci report. His manager and general manager have both come out, just like they did the first time, and have denied the report.

More from around the National League East.

  • Let the rumors begin, again. Jose Fernandez’s name has been linked to rumors a lot in the past. And it seems like that’s not done. A recent report has listed the Yankees as one of four teams in line to acquire Fernandez. Again, this is all under the assumption that the Marlins would want to trade the 24-year-old.
  • The Braves have gone from the worst offense in baseball, to the second-best in a matter of months.
  • 2016 wasn’t a contending season for the Phillies, and 2017 may not be either. Yet, the Phillies have positioned themselves greatly for the 2018 season.
  • Fear not, Mets fans. Help could be on the way. Left-hander Steven Matz is planning on heading back to the New York Mets and be able to pitch as soon as this weekend.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Washington 88-63 — GB

NY Mets 80-71 8.0 GB

Miami 76-75 12.0 GB

Philadelphia 68-83 20.0 GB

Atlanta 60—91 28.0 GB