Posted June 02, 2013

Injured Bryce Harper: I should have gone on the disabled list a month ago

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said he has played through pain since colliding with the wall in Atlanta on April 29. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday with bursitis in his left knee, says that he should have gone on the disabled list for multiple injuries more than a month ago.

Harper told reporters that he first began hurting after he crashed into the right-field fence at Turner Field on April 29. The 20-year-old was hitting .356 with a 1.18 OPS before that game and has hit .183 with a .665 OPS in 19 games since.

On May 13, he collided with the wall at Dodger Stadium, which led to knee problems that he aggravated during last week’s series against the Phillies.

Harper said that his hand, wrist and side have also been in pain, but that he would play if it were September or October.

From CSNWashington’s Mark Zuckerman:

“I think after I hit the wall here, I think I should have went on the DL, just try to get better and came back 15 days later,” Harper said, referring to his April 29 encounter with the right-field fence at Turner Field. “With a lot of guys out, I wanted to stay in the lineup the way I was swinging it. Of course, I want to play every day. It’s something that, maybe I’ll learn more in my career to take off 15 days instead of lose the month or whatever it is.”

Six days of rest so far haven’t done much to alleviate the knee injury, diagnosed by the Nationals as bursitis.

“I feel the same as I did the other day,” he said. “It’s still swollen and crappy. Just trying to get treatment and see if the swelling will go down.”

[JAFFE: Flatitude? Underwhelming Nationals stuck in neutral with few fixes in sight]


7 comments
JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

The Nationals, that's a clown organization, bro.

AdamBaum2
AdamBaum2

@JasonMacBride Jason I need you to talk to Steve Nash for me. Tell him to pay his alimony. Thanks.

eddiej
eddiej

It's not a clown org. It's Harper thinking he's superman and trying to live up to the preseason hype.Like he said" he is going to learn that it's better to sit for 15 than more than a month".

Cal2
Cal2

@eddiej He's the clown. Another Brett Lawrie except he can hit and has a brain.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

@eddiej It's a clown organization run by Rizzo, who is the biggest fraud in baseball since Omar Minaya. Harper is 20. He has no business making decisions like that. Sadly he's more mature than the people he works for.

Hador
Hador

@JoeCabot

The history of pro sports is filled with players who ruined their careers because they thought they were invincible and could play through any sort of pain. A more experienced player may be able to make these kind of decisions, but a 20 year old, especially one who plays as hard as Harper does needs team doctors to make these decisions for him. 

And while I wouldn't call Rizzo a fraud, the Nationals have made their share of questionable moves over the last 2 years, but especially since they burned out of the playoffs last years. For some reason they have suddenly decided to switch to win now mode when just last year they were touting how they have all the time in the world. The result is .500 ball, a rash of injured players and a quickly diminishing chance for a play off spot this year.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JasonMacBride Twenty year old men are not qualified to make decisions?   Where did you come up with that dandy?   Oh, and since Mike Rizzo became GM the Nationals have gone from 59 to 69, 80, and 98 wins, with a playoff berth.   In your bizarro world that may be a fraud.  Back in reality it is called success.