Updates from Saturday, April 19
Bryce Harper left Saturday's game, possibly aggravating his quad injury (via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post):
Bryce Harper out of the game. No reason given, or apparent. He had been dealinng with quad tightness. Kevin Frandsen playing left.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) April 19, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the latest on Bryce Harper:
Harper back in there: Rendon 3B, Harper LF, Werth RF, LaRoche 1B, Desmond SS, Espinosa 2B, McLouth CF, Lobaton C, Jordan P— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) April 17, 2014
The Washington Nationals have gotten off to a solid 8-6 start in the early going this season, but they received some unfortunate news before their Wednesday game with the Miami Marlins.
The team’s official Twitter account updated fans on the status of superstar outfielder Bryce Harper:
#Nats OF Bryce Harper was scratched from tonight's starting lineup with quad tightness.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 16, 2014
Dan Kolko, the Washington Nationals beat writer for MASN and a contributor for MLB Network, provided some more context to Harper’s injury:
Bryce Harper scratched from #Nats lineup. Tyler Moore now playing left. Harper's been dealing with quad tightness lately.— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) April 16, 2014
Harper actually left Washington’s contest Monday in the seventh inning with tightness in his quad but played again Tuesday. He is off to a blistering start on the young campaign and is hitting .340 with one home run and five RBI.
Harper is also slugging .500 and sports an OPS of .900.
There shouldn’t be too much concern right now regarding Harper’s health because it appears as if this isn’t a serious, long-term problem. However, anytime a mainstay in the middle of the order has to miss any action because of health, it is certain to raise some eyebrows.
If the Nationals are going to take over the National League East from the Atlanta Braves, they will need a fully healthy Harper for the long haul. The MLB season is a marathon, not a sprint. Expect the team to be extra careful so as not to create any risk whatsoever with their young slugger.