Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper's Hot Spring Put on Hold with Calf Tightness

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Space Coast Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMarch 8, 2012

The Washington Nationals are holding their breath over stud prospect Bryce Harper.

According to the Nationals via Twitter, the 19-year-old was a late scratch from Thursday's game against Houston due to calf tightness. He is reportedly day-to-day.

Harper had been 5-for-11 with a walk in Grapefruit League play before being forced to sit on Thursday.

Although it is still unknown if Harper will make the Opening Day roster, it has to be troubling to the Nationals and their fans that Harper has had so many injuries at such a young age.

Last season alone he was sidelined with injuries on three separate occasions.

He rolled his ankle last spring in an intrasquad game, forcing him to miss time. He bruised his knee in the minors and then missed the final two weeks of the season after he pulled a hamstring.

The time Harper missed was partly because of the Nationals being cautious with someone who is expected to be a future star, but nevertheless he seems to be piling up nagging injuries.

Harper managed to play 109 games between Single-A Hagerstown and AA Harrisburg last season, hitting 17 home runs and stealing 26 bases.

Harper will be in the majors at some point soon, though it is just unclear when. Hopefully injuries do not hinder his progress too greatly.

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