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Bryce Harper has no structural damage in his left knee

Jun 11, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper was spotted with a big brace on his troublesome left knee Tuesday morning in the Atlanta airport, on his way back from a visit to the office of one Dr. James Andrews. Which led many to speculate that Harper might have undergone some sort of knee procedure. But that’s not the case.

Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz clarified Tuesday to James Wagner of the Washington Post that the brace was part of a program of rest and that Harper was found to have no structural damage in his left knee during his time at Andrews’ facilities. Harper was given platelet-rich plasma treatment and a cortisone shot to help with his patellar bursitis.

“These are all good things,” Kuntz told the Post. “We want him to rest the knee, that’s why we put him in the immobilizer. We’ll reevaluate him in one week’s time and if everything’s a go then we will resume activity with him and get him going as quickly as we can. … We’ll see how it responds and we’ll go from there.”

Harper was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 1, retroactive to May 27. He was eligible to return for Tuesday’s series opener in Colorado but is obviously going to need at least another 10 days.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Glad to hear that he has no structural damage. I’m not a Nats or Harper fan but I’m a baseball fan and he is good for the game as is Trout.

    They are both too young and have not played enough to be compared yet, but in this day and age, we compare people after 3 or 4 games to how others began in their first few games… we have no patience…

    Many other articles have compared Harper and Trout already. I’ve seen where they talk about the first 162 games for each as Trout began playing in the majors before Harper.

    I think they’re going to have to include games played out of games possible. I mean right now Trout has 264 plate appearances so far this season and Harper has 150 PA’s. Harper will be out a bit longer too and then he’ll have to play in a few games in the minors I would think. Let’s say it’s two more weeks at this point. Trout will be close to 300 plate appearances by the time Harper gets back or basically doubling him…

    I know neither are Cal Ripken, but being in the lineup is important, especially when you have as much talent as these two players do…

  2. Sports King of this world - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Bryce claims to have so much confidence and ones into a wall and goes into the tank.

    • orangandblack - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:44 AM


    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Worst comment of the year. You had to be the person that gave it the 1 thumb up

      • Sports King of this world - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        What do expect from a Braves fan? To say he’s spectacular. Ahhhhhh not going to happen. Why not cheer for LeBron while I’m ahead smh!!!

  3. duckthefodgers - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    All that trouble in his leg is probably from having to lug that giant head of his around.

  4. cornbreadbbqred - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Maybe sometimes the head bone is connected to the ankle bone; crazy bones.

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