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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2016 file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) walks back to the dugout after being tagged out at home in the fifth inning during Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, at Nationals Park in Washington. Harper says he knows "exactly why" his production dipped last season from his MVP-winning performance a year earlier _ but he did not elaborate. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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The Washington Nationals head to spring training next week counting on a bounceback year from Bryce Harper. He hit just .243 with 24 RBI last season after winning the NL MVP award in 2015. "He's young enough where I'm not real worried about 'Harp,'" Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "Soon, the pride factor will come into it." (Associated Press)

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The Washington Nationals did not have an update Monday after Bryce Harper injured his left thumb sliding into third base on Sunday.

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pumps his fist as he takes a curtain call after he hit a grand slam during the third inning of an baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Washington. This was Harper's 100th home run of his career. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper bats against the New York Mets in a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper connects for a single off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper slides safely into home on a double by Ryan Zimmerman during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) kisses his bat as he prepares to bat during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) walks back to the dugout as the game is delayed due to rain during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) watches his two-run homer as he holds his Independence Day themed bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper grimaces after running to second base for a double during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Washington. Nationals manager Matt Williams and trainer Lee Kuntz checked on him, but he remained in the game. Harper later scored on a sacrifice fly by Ian Desmond. The Nationals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) celebrates his two-run homer with his teammates during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Washington. Harper injured his leg Thursday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond (20) and center fielder Denard Span (2) look at right fielder Bryce Harper as he holds his left leg after an injury, as head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz, right, attends to Harper during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Washington. Harper left the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond (20) and center fielder Denard Span (2) look at right fielder Bryce Harper as he holds his left leg after an injury, as head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz, right, attends to Harper during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Washington. Harper left the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) leaves the field with head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz, rear, during the sixth inning of Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park in Washington. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) pauses in the dugout before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) talks to home plate umpire Jim Reynolds after being called out on strikes during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, June 15, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper walks back to the dugout after he flew out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Even without a first-round pick on Monday in the major league draft, the Nationals will not change their focus of drafting the best player available, just as they did with Bryce Harper in 2010. (Associated Press)