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Bryce Harper pulled from AA game with hamstring strain; might be done for season

Aug 18, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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According to beat writer Bill Ladson of, Nationals outfield prospect Bryce Harper was pulled from a game Thursday at Double-A Harrisburg after injuring his hamstring while running the bases.

Harper had to be carried off the field by trainers, but early indications point to the injury being rather minor. He’ll be reevaluated Friday morning.

The 18-year-old phenom has posted an uninspiring .254/.324/.397 batting line with three home runs and seven doubles in 143 plate appearances since jumping to the Double-A level back in early July. He had a sparkling .318/.423/.554 slash line with 14 home runs and 17 doubles over 305 plate appearances at Single-A Hagerstown earlier this year.

Most prospect-ranking services list Harper as the most promising young talent in baseball.

UPDATE, 11:03pm: Harper has officially been diagnosed with a right hamstring strain.

UPDATE, 11:35pm: According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, Harper will be shut down for the rest of the season if he doesn’t show improvement within the next few days. The minor league schedule only goes another two weeks, and the Nats aren’t going to let him back on the field at less than 100 percent.

UPDATE, 11:48pm: Deadspin found some video.

  1. Jonny 5 - Aug 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    He got all up in the grill of an Ump last week or so, threw his helmet like a baby, screaming in the face of the Ump and got thrown out of the game on a called strike. It’s on video somewhere….. Maybe he strained his hammy getting reamed out by his coach for acting like an a$$?

    • JBerardi - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      Or maybe, just maybe, he sprained it playing baseball. Could happen, you never know.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM

        Okay, since when is sarcasm such a bad thing on Friday? I could see if it were Monday. Tough crowd.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        Oh, that was sarcasm? It’s so hard to tell. Changed my thumbs down to thumbs up.

    • titknocker - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      it wasn’t as bad as you just tried to portray it. whole incident lasted all of 25 seconds. besides how do you expect him to act after getting thrown out of the game for slamming his helmet down. and that’s why he got thrown out, not because he exploded at the ump.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        He should not have done it. That’s what I expect.

  2. JBerardi - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    By the way, I wouldn’t call a .254/.324/.397 line “uninspiring” when talking about an 18 year old at the AA level in his first pro season. It’s a ridiculously good line in it’s proper context.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 19, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      Yup, what you said.

  3. natstowngreg - Aug 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    A wise precaution. Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post suggested that Harper will be rested, then play some in the Arizona Fall League.

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