For the second time this season, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Bryce Harper is playing through a right shoulder injury.
Dusty Baker and Mike Rizzo denied the report, while Harper refused to address it.
"That's totally inaccurate. I don't know where they got that from," Baker said. " ... Bryce said it didn't come from him. Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report. The trainer said no. We treated that shoulder already in the past. If I did make a mistake it was because it's in his neck, which is connected to his shoulder."
Reports of a shoulder injury first surfaced in mid-August, when Harper sat out five games with what he and the Washington Nationals described as a "stiff neck."
"The report is wrong, the information is wrong," Rizzo said. "I just talked to the player again because of the new stuff that came out, and he says it's the 4-5 days he had with the neck. That's it."