Posted June 01, 2013

Nationals place Bryce Harper on disabled list with left knee bursitis

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been bothered by bursitis in his left knee since colliding with the wall at Dodger Stadium. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday because of bursitis in his left knee.

The move is retroactive to May 27, as Harper has missed the team’s last five games. The 20-year-old’s knee has bothered him since his crash into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13.

In a corresponding move, the Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Erik Davis from Triple-A for bullpen depth after ace Stephen Strasburg lasted only two innings in Friday’s game, departing with a strained right oblique.

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Harper, who is hitting .287 with 12 home runs and a .973 OPS in his second season, last missed time in August 2011 with a hamstring injury in the minor leagues.

He has hit .226 since the collision at Dodger Stadium and has experienced pain and swelling in the knee, according to The Washington Post‘s Adam Kilgore.


4 comments
JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

He'll look good in pin stripes in a couple of years.

doghockey
doghockey

@JasonMacBride What year is this?  Apparently you have missed the past half-decade or so.  The baseball business model has changed from being free agency based to one where franchises lock up their young guys with long term extensions.  Who are the Yankees last big free agency signings?  Sabathia and Texeira in 2009.   Good luck if you believe that Harper is leaving DC.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

@doghockey  He'll look great in pinstripes in a couple of years. He deserves better than the third-rate operation that drafted him. Endorsement deals alone make it a smart move for Harper to go to NYC.

doghockey
doghockey

@JasonMacBride You really are living in the past.   Still dwelling the days of free agency and the belief that endorsement deals can only happen in NYC.  It is the age of communication.  You are using the www so apparently you have heard of it.   Oh, and look at a map.  DC is just down the street from NYC and it is a rather large market itself.