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Nationals place Bryce Harper on disabled list with left thumb sprain, possible ligament damage

Apr 27, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT

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As first relayed by beat reporter James Wagner at the Washington Post, the Nationals have officially placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained left thumb. Steven Souza Jr. was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding 25-man roster move Sunday to provide outfield depth in Harper’s absence.

Harper suffered the thumb sprain Friday night against the Padres when he dove head-first into third base after a bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the third inning. He underwent an MRI on Saturday and will be examined by a specialist this week. The Nats believe he may have some ligament damage. “Doesn’t look good,” a source told the Post.

Harper, 21, was batting .289/.352/.422 with one home run and nine RBI in 22 games this season.

It’s maybe worth noting that he got benched a week ago for a lack of hustle.

Funny, then, that he screwed up his left thumb on a hustle play.

  1. goskinsvt - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Can’t wait for all those people complaining about his lack of hustle to talk about…too much hustle. Boswell is already doing it on twitter.

    • Old Gator - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Twitter is, after all, where idiots go to “do it.” I wonder if he follows Justin Bieber too.

      • vivabear - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        The exalted Old Felcher doesn’t use twitter, so it must automatically mean its useless, and only for idiots.

    • gmagic9044 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      i·ro·ny, noun, an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.

  2. stunzeed5 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Harper, Ovechkin, and RG3…..DC media loves to hate our superstars, I don’t get it…

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Harper is NOT a superstar… not YET anyway…

      He might or might not develop into one, but he most definitely is NOT a superstar right now…

  3. undeadjesus - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Is this guy EVER healthy? Seems like every other week it’s something with him.

    • thisdamnbox - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      He has that “dude ran straight into the wall” syndrome. Matt Kemp has it, too. Soon as a guy runs full-on into those outfield fences their injuries pile up the next several years. Poor bastards…

  4. dirtydrew - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Barry Bonds used not to run out every play. People called him a loafer, but him getting hurt on a “hustle play” and missing significant portions of the season were a bigger risk. Case closed.

  5. sumerduckman - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    It’s not about hustle, or lack there of, it’s about playing smart. He’s young, he’ll learn.

  6. Joe Vecchio - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    If the Gnats wind up being buried in the standings again as they did last year, I wonder if the ESPN prognosticators who have, for the second year in a row, handed them the Series before a game was even played will use this injury as an excuse.

    Matt Williams was the absolute worst choice they could have made as manager, and his stupidity in benching Harper when he was actually being a smart baseball player is going to lead to more injuries like this.

    Again, no one denies the talent on that team. But they play very bad baseball. Talent will win you games against mediocre opposition, but in order to beat the better teams you have to actually play better than they do. That’s what happened last year, and unless that changes, it’s what will happen again this year.

  7. TheNaturalMevs - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Bryce Harper is made of glass and lives on the DL. That is the story here. I see too many bloggers and writers talking about “Well Matt Williams wanted him to hustle, now SEE what happened?”. That’s not looking at it correctly.

    He’s always hurt. Always dinged. Always being checked out or removed from games. Before this it was the quad. Last season it went from the flu to running into the wall and concussion to his knee, to oblique, knee again, flu again. He’s made of glass.

  8. Joe Vecchio - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    You know, Jason Heyward lost time last year for the very same reason…

  9. gatorprof - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Surgery, out until July.

    I can’t wait for Boswell to explain the Goldilocks approach to baseball hustle. Bryce (nursing an injured quad) didn’t hustle enough. Bryce legging out a triple and sliding head first, hustled too much.

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