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Nationals' Bryce Harper says he's improving after injury return

WASHINGTON -- A day after saying he felt great, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper acknowledged he could still get better more than two weeks after returning from a knee injury.

Harper said Saturday before Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs that he'll feel more comfortable the more at-bats he gets.

He's 4-for-22 with two walks since returning, counting his 1-for-4 showing in Washington's 3-0 loss in Game 1 Friday.

The 24-year-old missed 42 games with a bone bruise in his left knee after hyperextending it Aug. 12, when he slipped on first base.

Harper came up just short of catching a run-scoring line drive in right field during Game 1 but said he felt great and that he missed opportunities at the plate.

Harper played just five regular-season games and likened it to spring training and getting back into a rhythm of seeing live pitching.