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Bryce Harper aggravated his troublesome knee in Game 1 of doubleheader against the Mets

Jul 26, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper missed all of June with bursitis in his left knee and required treatment for the joint earlier this week. Now the situation has worsened further.

According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, Harper is not in the Nationals’ starting lineup for Game 2 of Friday’s day-night doubleheader with the Mets because he aggravated his left knee while diving for a ball in the outfield in Game 1. It wasn’t a serious aggravation, but it’s worrisome nonetheless for a Washington team that carries a disappointing 49-54 record into the nightcap at Nationals Park.

Steve Lombardozzi will start in left field and bat seventh.

Harper is hitting .271/.373/.520 with 14 home runs and 31 RBI in 65 games this season. The 20-year-old phenom slugged a walkoff home run in the Nats’ 9-7 win over the Pirates on Thursday afternoon.

  1. cocheese000 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    My guess is that he hurt it during his walk off celebration. He looked like be jumped real hard on home plate.

  2. razorbyrd - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    if the Nats don’t get back to .500 in the next 3 weeks, I say shut him down… he’s not doing himself, or the team, any good by limping out there every night… 2013 is a wash, get healthy and come back better next year (shouldn’t be too hard)

  3. shrshot - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Almost time to shut him down

  4. bdb808757 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    the nats should be fine without him given the talent on the team, but they arent going go be! they are cleary on the ropes in the nl east.

    • stoutfiles - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      What talent? I don’t think many Nat fans realize the team greatly overachieved last year on offense, and why everyone was baffled they didn’t pitch Strasburg when they had a great chance at a WS run.

  5. TheNaturalMevs - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Can’t stay healthy for even a few weeks. Puig or Trout are more interesting to me now not because they’re better or style of play; simply because they actually PLAY every night.

    Harper is just injury prone; he’s always going to come with that dreaded injury tag. It’s easy to see it.

  6. heyblueyoustink - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    J.D. Drew version 2.0

  7. biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    It would be disappointing if his career is injury plagued, shut him down. Nats aren’t going anywhere, no reason to risk Harper’s future.

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