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Nationals place Bryce Harper on disabled list with knee injury

Jun 1, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s official. The Nationals placed Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list and called up Erik Davis from Triple-A.

11:25 PM: The Nationals resisted putting Bryce Harper on the disabled list after he crashed into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13, but now they have little choice.

Harper missed his fifth straight game last night due to bursitis in his left knee and is “likely” to be placed on the disabled list, a source tells Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. The Nationals are expected to call up right-hander Erik Davis in a corresponding roster move.

Harper hasn’t played since he left last Sunday’s game. The 20-year-old outfielder was still hobbling after a workout Thursday and was expected to sit out this weekend’s series against the first-place Braves. Some extended rest sounds like the right idea, but the Nationals could have him back by June 11 if all goes well.

This is a tough time for the underachieving Nationals, as Stephen Strasburg left last night’s start with a strained right oblique and could also be looking at a trip to the disabled list. Davey Johnson’s club will enter play today at 28-27 on the year.

  1. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Is it too soon to add “oft-injured” when mentioning either of these two?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      That would be considered heresy on HBT.

      They must be thrilled they took Strasburg out of last Year’s playoff opportunity. Because they’re going to have that kind of year every year. /s

      • trab1011 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        So now that the Nats are struggling to hit everybody piles on about shutting down Strasburg. We have, what, another hundred games or so to play? And the Braves aren’t exactly disappearing into the distance. The Orioles looked far tougher this week than the Braves did last night. And now they’re talking about sending BJ Upton to the minors? Long, long way to go folks.

    • goskinsvt - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Maybe for Strasburg, but doesn’t really apply for Harper. All of the time off has been from that one wall hit.

  2. trollingforjustice - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    As much as Harper wants to play, I dont think he needs a talking to about giving up his body on every play now..a stint on the DL will give him a chance to reflect on how he should go about the game.It will be a lesson and growing experience that will make him even better.
    As far as Strasburg goes, he should appreciate how the organization is handling him.
    pulling him early and giving him a rest is better than missing 6-8 weeks

    • historiophiliac - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM


      • trollingforjustice - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        and how many phillies are on the DL today?

  3. trab1011 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    What lesson? Why does everybody equate running into the Dodger Stadium wall with being “reckless”. Watch the play. He had no idea where he was. That never would have happened in DC or other parks he’s more familiar with.

    He does need a few weeks off to heal up and Davey will be smart about that. And as long as the Nats stay within five or six games of the Braves they’ll be fine.

    • trollingforjustice - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      ummm i think thats why they put in “warning tracks” so the fielder can recognize he is getting close..

  4. joejaws75 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Ha ha ha ha ha

  5. gmsalpha - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Erik Davis is my all-time favorite player, followed by Darryl Strawberry.

    Oh wait. Sorry, wrong guy.

    • trollingforjustice - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      I think dino the dinosaur from the flintstones cartoon was actually drawn with Darryl Strawberry in mind..uncanny resemblence

  6. insidefastball - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Wish the Giants did the same with Pagan instead of just leaving him on the bench for a week.

  7. buffalomafia - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM


  8. 13arod - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    do the nationals stll think they are better then the braves

  9. joejaws75 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Hating both the braves and the gnats. I’ll take the braves anyday than the frauds from D.C.

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