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Bryce Harper unlikely to play in weekend set against the Braves

May 31, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to battle bursitis in his left knee and is unlikely to play in this weekend’s series against the Braves, per Mark Zuckerman. Zuckerman suggests that a stint on the disabled list is becoming a possibility. Harper hasn’t played since Sunday, when he went 1-for-3 in the series finale against the Phillies.

Harper is enjoying tremendous success in his sophomore season, as the defending NL Rookie of the Year is sitting on a .973 OPS with a team-best 12 home runs and 25 walks. In Harper’s absence, Roger Bernadina and Tyler Moore should see increased playing time.

  1. steelers88 - May 31, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I don’t understand why the Nationals aren’t putting him on the DL list. The Nationals do know this is late May and not late September there is plenty of games left. So just DL Bryce Harper .

    • flamethrower101 - May 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      The Nats have made themselves known for questionable decisions, such as shutting down their “ace” right when the playoffs start (yes I know having Strasburg probably would not have changed anything, but still, what team does that?)

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