In announcing that Bryce Harper would not return last weekend for the Washington Nationals' series with the Atlanta Braves, Davey Johnson updated reporters on the 20-year-old outfielder's continuing knee issues. Harper was diagnosed with bursitis in his left knee, which didn't react well to a workout he went through last week. "It's not swollen enough to where you'd drain it or anything," the Nationals' 70-year-old manager said, "but it's swollen enough to cause him discomfort. I guess the combination of him hitting yesterday and doing a little running in the outfield aggravated it enough to agitate it." Johnson said at the time that he hoped Harper might be able to return to the field once Washington got back to the nation's capital, but the next day Harper was placed on the DL retroactive to the May 27th with left knee bursitis.
According to reports from Nationals Park today, the Nats' 2010 no.1 overall pick suffered a setback today and will now head to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on the knee:
Breaking news: Bryce Harper will see Dr. Andrews for his knee. #Nats— Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) June 6, 2013
Brace yourself: Bryce Harper is going to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday for his left knee.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) June 6, 2013
The swelling has not gone down very much in Harper's left knee. The Nats want an outside specialist to take a look.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) June 6, 2013
Bryce Harper will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday for another opinion in his swollen left knee. Not improving like they hoped.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) June 6, 2013
#Nats want a 2nd opinion on Harper. Not enough fluid in the knee to get it drained. Removing the bursa sac an option but not a favorable one— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) June 6, 2013
It's yet another setback for a team that's been riddled by injuries so far this season. The Nationals just placed Stephen Strasburg on the DL this afternoon and they already have Ross Detwiler and Wilson Ramos sidelined. Ryan Zimmerman's missed time and Jayson Werth just returned from a long DL stint. The loss of Harper for any considerable length of time would be a big blow for the defending NL East Champs.
Harper suffered injuries in collisions with the right field walls in Turner Field and more spectacularly in Dodgers Stadium. The second-year major leaguer later admitted that he might have tried to come back too fast instead of resting the injuries and a sliding play in the outfield and another on the basepaths aggravated the situation with his knee.
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