Bryce Harper facing growing pains

Injuries and inconsistent play continue to plague Nationals' 21-year-old slugger

Updated: August 29, 2014, 1:50 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Baseball insiders with a glass-half-full orientation can still envision a day when the light bulb clicks for Bryce Harper and he refrains from inflicting bodily harm upon himself and takes his game to a different level. He'll graduate from the sixth hole to the No. 3 spot in the lineup, hit 35-40 homers with a .550 slugging percentage and fulfill the expectations accorded him in 2010, when he dripped eye black, oozed potential and made both maple- and aluminum-bat magic at the College of Southern ...

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