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Bryce Harper Injury Update: Nationals' Outfielder Has Inflammation In Hip

Word from Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, NY tonight is that doctors examined Bryce Harper's "barking" left hip and found only inflammation, but no structural damage, so the 20-year-old outfielder should be able to return to the Washington Nationals' lineup soon...

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According to reports from Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, NY this afternoon, 20-year-old Washington Nationals' 2010 no.1 overall pick, outfielder Bryce Harper, went to the doctor today and no structural damage was found in the slugger's left hip, which had been "barking" and had kept him out of several games recently.

Nats' skipper Davey Johnson had previously stated that team doctors thought it might be bursitis causing Harper pain in his hip which got so bad recently it caused him to fall to the ground during a BP session on Saturday night in Miami. Harper was scratched from that game after talking his way into the lineup on Friday after he'd sat out of the finale of the Nationals' three-game set with the Phillies in Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

The reports today say that Harper will likely be able to return to the field in a couple days and then play out the rest of the 2013 campaign without causing any more damage:

Harper missed a month of the season with bursitis in his left knee. The second-year major leaguer ran into two walls, one in right field in Atlanta and one in LA while pursuing fly balls and the second time in Dodgers Stadium, did significant damage to the entire left side of his body. Harper has since said he's been playing with pain and hasn't been 100% since he hit the wall in Turner Field in late April. In spite of the injuries, Harper has managed to put up a .273/.377/.504 line with 20 doubles, three triples and 19 HRs in 101 games and 427 plate appearances this season, over which he's been worth +3.4 fWAR.

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