Bryce Harper Injury: Updates on Nationals Star's Quad and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2014

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper runs home to score during the eighth inning of a baseball game Miami Marlins, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Miami. The Marlins defeated the Nationals 11-2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky

Updates from Saturday, April 19

Bryce Harper left Saturday's game, possibly aggravating his quad injury (via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post):

Updates from Thursday, April 17

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the latest on Bryce Harper:

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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:

Dan Kolko, the Washington Nationals beat writer for MASN and a contributor for MLB Network, provided some more context to Harper’s injury:

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. 

Lynne Sladky

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.