Johnny Gets His Guns

Cueto shutting out the Padres and, while he was at it, entering the record book . . .

Cueto shutting out the Padres and, while he was at it, entering the record book . . .

Last October, Johnny Cueto was broken and beaten in the worst way possible. Sent out to start the National League wild card game against the Pirates, in place of a balkily injured Mat Latos, Cueto was out of fuel before he threw his first pitch, and since-executed manager Dusty Baker left his gallant but gassed man stay in an inning too long.

Bryce Reiser?

Blasting his way into thumb surgery . . .

Blasting his way into thumb surgery . . .

The line between hard nosed and bull headed can be a very fine one. The question before the house, as Bryce Harper begins his recuperation from surgery to repair a torn collateral ligament in his thumb, incurred during a head-first slide on a bases-clearing triple, is whom on the Washington Nationals has crossed it further, Harper or his rookie manager Matt Williams.