According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Boras said that Harper is "doing fine physically" and is scheduled to begin his normal routine of offseason strength and conditioning training on time. At the same time, he expects right-hander Stephen Strasburg to resume his normal offseason throwing program in preparation for spring training.
After being award last year's National League MVP award, Harper arguably posted the most regressed numbers of his young career — a slash line of .243/.373/.441 with 24 home runs and 86 runs batted in over the span of 147 games. The 24-year-old missed five games in August because of a neck issue, that in addition to the shoulder injury he was apparently playing through, according to a report from Tom Verducci of SI.com.
Nationals PR issued multiple rebuttals throughout the season shooting down the idea of their star outfielder suffering from a shoulder injury, however, the player himself never officially denied it. His seasons remains to be seen without considering the fact he might've played throughout much of the second half while injured.
All indications are, with some extended rest, Harper should be fine moving forward and be prepared for next season.
As for the 28-year-old Strasburg, he suffered a partial tear of his pronator tendon on Sept. 7. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the elbow to aid in the healing process, which helped in him graduating to throwing two bullpen sessions this month. Regardless, the odds of him playing a serious role in the Nationals postseason run was always up in the air. Just as with Harper, the belief is with some extended rest, he should be locked and loaded for the 2017 campaign.
Strasburg had been enjoying the best numbers in his career through August 1, posting a 2.63 ERA and a 161/38 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Those numbers were couple with his 15-1 record as a starter. However, the wheels quickly fell off the wagon — Strasburg lost his next three starts, allowing 19 runs over the span of 11 and 2/3 innings. His return on Sept. 7 lasted just 2 and 1/3 innings before exiting due to the aforementioned injury. The end result of the 2016 season was a career-high ERA of 3.60.null