Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo provided a positive update on outfielder Bryce Harper's recovery from knee surgery during an interview with MLB Network Radio Thursday.
"He's progressing nicely from knee surgeries," Rizzo said. "He's a guy that works out extremely hard. He is 100 percent ready for spring training."
Harper was quoted in an ESPN story he wants to open spring training at 240 pounds. Rizzo is OK with Harper bulking up.
A 21 year old with this amount of talent is unheard. A 21 year old with that talent and 240 lbs of muscle? Amazing. Harper may have failed to meet unreasonable expectations last year but it wouldn't be at all surprising that he takes off in his third season in the big leagues if he can just stay healthy. A fantasy building block - he's an elite talent. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Fred Hoiberg is close to being named Bulls Head Coach
The deal to name Hoiberg the new Bulls Head Coach is all but done. They Mayor, a nickname, played 10 seasons in the NBA, 4 of which were for the Bulls, is leaving his current position of Head Coach at Iowa State University. In his 4 seasons in Ames, the Cyclones made the NCAA Tournament 4 times including a trip to the Sweet 16. A 115-66 record earned him and the team two consecutive Big-12 titles. Hoiberg will be replacing Tom Thibodeau who was fired on Thursday after 5 seasons at the helm. Analysis: Matt Selz