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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper says he’ll be back this season; Re-evaluating base materials; Brian Goodwin exits with groin tightness

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your off day before the Nats and Padres play...

MLB: Game Two-San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone! Breathe out! It’s all gonna be okay! Well, it will be okay. It’s not okay yet, but it will be. Soon. Breathe out.

Here’s the news from Nats Park.

Bryce Harper, after defying trainer and coaches in dugout, says he'll be back this season
After doing some self-administered tests, Harper thought he'd be okay, and the MRI backed it up, which led both him and the Nats to believe that he'd be back by October.

Boras says that MLB needs to do better to keep basepaths safe
The super-agent that represents Bryce Harper called out Major League Baseball on the lack of steps taken to make sure that slippery bases don't sideline the league's star players.

The Nationals breathe an insanely large sigh of relief as Harper's injury proves to be non-season ending
Everyone, including Mike Rizzo, thought that Bryce Harper's injury on Saturday night was a torn ACL or something that would sideline him at least for the playoffs. Impossibly, the Nats managed to dodge that bullet. The large burst of wind coming from the southeast is the sighs of relief from Nationals Park.

The Nationals caught an enormous break with Bryce Harper's lack of break
The Nats needed Harper to be back in a little less than eight weeks, and initially expected him to be out for at least 40. Somehow, some way, the Nats managed to dodge yet another potentially October dream-ending injury.

MLB should re-evaluate the makeup of its bases
Could bases be made up of better and safer materials, particularly at first?

Brian Goodwin leaves doubleheader day game with groin tightness
Let's see... that's (*counts*)... one, two, three, four, five Nats outfielders that have been injured in some way, shape or form this season.

The Washington Nationals Just Held the Summer's Coolest DC Car Rally - Maxim
Adam Eaton showed off some cool muscle cars at the GEICO Garage, and it was really cool. (Side note: This is, uh, on Maxim, so, maybe, I dunno, be careful, there's nothing explicit, but, uh, yeah.)

Tuesday’s Game: Angels vs Nationals — 7:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Tyler Skaggs vs Gio Gonzalez