Bryce Harper Injury: Updates on Nationals Star's Hip, Potential Return Date
Washington Nationals prodigious left fielder Bryce Harper aggravated a hip injury before Saturday's 9-2 road victory over the Miami Marlins on Sept. 7.
Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post broke the news, noting that it occurred while Harper was hitting:
Bryce Harper flying back to DC for tests on hip, Davey says. Aggravated before game hitting.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) September 8, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 11
From Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore:
Harper hitting cleanup: Span 8, Zimmerman 5, Werth 9, Harper 7, Desmond 6, LaRoche 3, Ramos 2, Rendon 4, Haren 1— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) September 11, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 9
From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
Davey: Bryce Harper's MRI revealed no structural damage in his hip. He'll take anti-inflammatory medication. Wednesday return at earliest.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) September 9, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8
Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post confirms Bryce Harper will undergo additional tests on his injured hip:
Bryce Harper will fly back to Washington on Sunday for further tests on his ailing left hip, which the Nationals fear may be injured more seriously than initially believed.
Kilgore also passed along a statement from Nationals manager Davey Johnson:
“It’s something we need to aggressively attack,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “We’ve been kind of treating it as a slight hip strain. But obviously, it’s something more serious than that. We need to fix it, and he needs to finish the year strong.”
When asked if Harper may miss the Nationals’ final 21 games, Johnson replied, “I don’t know.”
Bryce Harper has been hampered for about a week with the strained left hip. The 20-year-old was scratched from the lineup by manager Davey Johnson just moments before the first pitch at Marlins Park, according to a report by Kilgore earlier in the evening.
Tyler Moore filled in for Harper and performed admirably, recording two hits in five at-bats and scoring once while also logging two RBI.
As Kilgore notes in the report, Harper has been battling injuries since late April, which makes the fact that he made his second consecutive All-Star team all the more impressive—though his popularity helped him in that regard.
Credit the young Harper for sticking it out amid a down 2013 season for the Nationals, who sit 13 games behind the National League East division-leading Atlanta Braves.
For the year, Harper is hitting .273 with 19 home runs and 49 RBI, but this latest ailment seems to be impacting his play on the diamond in a negative way. He only has two hits in 12 at-bats in the month of September thus far.
After Harper was not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he persuaded Johnson to plug him in on Friday against the Marlins.
There isn't much incentive for Harper to rush back to the field, but Harper has bucked that type of reasoning and fought through pain all season.
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