Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper To See Dr. James Andrews For Second Opinion On Left Knee

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

There is not a lot of good news coming out of the nation's capital this week. This afternoon the Washington Nationals announced that 20-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper would be heading to see Dr. James Andrews next week after having a setback with his injured left knee.

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:

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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