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Bryce Harper thinks he should have gone on the DL a long time ago

Jun 2, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday. He thinks he should have been put on it way sooner. From

“I think after I hit the wall [at Turner Field], I think I should have went on the DL, just try to get better and came back 15 days later … With a lot of guys out, I wanted to stay in the lineup the way I was swinging it. Of course, I want to play every day. It’s something that, maybe I’ll learn more in my career to take off 15 days instead of lose the month or whatever it is.”

Thing is, though, that is not a decision a 20 year-old kid should be making. It’s a job his manager and general manager and team trainers should be making. Harper is the face and future of the franchise and if he’s banged the hell up like he has been for a month, he should not be out there every day.

Meanwhile, Danny Espinosa has continued to play through a fractured wrist too. Hmm … pattern?

  1. bodhizefa - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    The way they’re handling injuries is flummoxing at this point. They were happy to bench Strasburg in the playoffs because he “may get injured” but they won’t DL guys who are obviously hurt and in need of time off? I just can’t wrap my head around the absurdness of it.

  2. kjericho43 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Are you kidding me? What’s wrong with the Nats? Operation shutdown with Strasburg last year and THEN you let this dude play after he ran into a wall?!

  3. snowyphile - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Didn’t he hurt himself at Dodger’s stadium?

    • voteforno6 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      That was the second time he ran into a wall. It also happened earlier, in Atlanta.

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