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Bryce Harper says back is fine

Updated: June 8, 2012, 12:05 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper told the Washington Post that he has no intention of sitting out a game because of a sore back.

After Harper got the wind knocked out of him diving for a ball in the ninth inning of Thursday's game against the New York Mets, manager Davey Johnson revealed the 19-year-old phenom has been receiving treatment on his lower back.

Johnson left open the possibility that Harper could miss Friday's series opener against the Red Sox.

"He ...

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