Bryce Harper may not participate in the 2015 Home Run Derby

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has unarguably been baseball’s most productive hitter this season, tied with Nelson Cruz for the major league lead in home runs with 18. Fans may not get to see him hit any dingers at the 2015 Home Run Derby in Cincinnati this summer, however.

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports:

With his father – and pitcher – on the disabled list, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said he may not participate in this year’s Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park, but he hasn’t made a final decision yet.

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“I probably won’t be able to do it this year, because he’s my guy,” Harper said of his father.

It would be extra special, because the elder Harper was a big Reds fan growing up.

Harper, 22, owns an MVP-caliber .325/.469/.724 triple-slash line along with the 18 home runs and 43 RBI. He is no stranger to the home run derby, as he finished as a runner-up to then-Athletic Yoenis Cespedes in the 2013 Derby.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.