Will the Nationals allow 17-year-old Bryce Harper to play in the Arizona Fall League?

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Bryce Harper will kick off his professional career tomorrow when he joins the Nationals’ instructional league team in Florida and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that his performance there could determine whether he participates in the Arizona Fall League next month.
According to Kilgore “the Nationals left a spot open for Harper, but they are still weighing his readiness and the risk.” And because Harper is so young and has yet to officially make his professional debut the Nationals would need to get approval from MLB to add him to the AFL roster.
Of course, the odds of MLB denying such a request are pretty close to zero.

Dustin Fowler is suing the White Sox over an outfield collision

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Tom Schuba of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler has filed suit against the White Sox for negligence. Fowler sustained a season-ending injury during a collision at Guaranteed Rate Field last June and is also bringing the lawsuit against the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority agency, as neither party took measures to secure the ballpark’s unpadded electrical box that exacerbated his injuries.

The 22-year-old outfielder was just two outs into his major league debut with the Yankees when the incident occurred. Fowler tracked a Jose Abreu foul ball down the first base line and flipped over the short railing. He was noticeably limping after colliding with a knee-high electrical box at the wall and collapsed to the ground within seconds before being carted off the field.

The official diagnosis: a ruptured patellar tendon and season-ending surgery on his right knee. Per Schuba’s report, which can be read here in full, Fowler has claimed “‘severe and permanent’ external and internal injuries, as well as mental pain and anguish” following the collision.

No specific demands have been publicized yet. Fowler is said to be seeking money from both the White Sox and the Sports Facilities Authority, likely enough to cover the “large sums” he spent on medical care for the surgery and related treatments.