Bryce Harper sounds OK, but Davey Johnson may still hold him out

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Bryce Harper was pulled from last night’s game due to a bruised side, But Mark Zuckerman spoke to him and he sounds like he’s good to go for today’s game against the Braves:

“If I can play tomorrow, I’m gonna play,” Harper said. “If they put me in the lineup, I’m gonna play. I can play with pain and I can tolerate pain, so hopefully there’s nothing that can keep me out of that lineup tomorrow.”

That’s brave talk, but it sounds like his manager is inclined to keep him out:

“We’ll take it day-by-day and we’ll check him tomorrow,” Johnson said. “But he’ll probably be out of there.”

He’s been basically the entire offense for the first month of the season. No one gets any awards for running him out there hurt. If I’m running that team, he takes a break today so he doesn’t break tomorrow or later in the season.

Chad Kuhl underwent elbow surgery

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Per Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates’ director of sports medicine, starter Chad Kuhl underwent right elbow surgery on Wednesday, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. The Pirates should provide more details about the nature of the surgery and Kuhl’s timetable soon.

Kuhl, 26, has been out of action since late June with a strained right forearm. He had been on a throwing program but experienced a setback earlier this month.

This season, Kuhl made 16 starts, putting up a 4.55 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 33 walks across 85 innings.