Bryce Harper’s knee pain was not enough for him to leave Tuesday night’s game, but he said afterward that he was not sure if it would flare up overnight and keep him from starting Wednesday.
It turns out that the knee is OK. Harper will start for the Phillies on Wednesday night against the Brewers. He will have started all 42 of the team’s games this season.
Manager Gabe Kapler said earlier this season that he could anticipate playing Harper in all 162 games. That plan seemed to be in jeopardy after Harper banged his knee into the concrete part of the wall while making a catch in foul territory and came up limping. It seems to be just a scare.
The injury could have allowed the Phillies the chance to rest Harper as he scuffles at the plate. But instead, the outfielder and Kapler think it is best for him to play through his struggles.
“Baseball is going out there each day and trying to get out of it,” Harper said. “I’m not sure a day off is going to work for me mentally or physically. Just have to keep going, keep grinding, and keep trying to get through it.”