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Bryce Harper plans to use Playstation as part of his thumb rehab

Jun 6, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

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As funny as it sounds, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper plans to play Playstation to rehab his injured left thumb, Scott Allen of The Washington Post reports. Harper suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb following a head-first slide in late April. He underwent surgery shortly thereafter.

Thus, Harper has a legitimate medical reason for including Playstation as part of his rehab. Presumably, using his left thumb to aim firearms, operate motor vehicles, and shimmy past linebackers will strengthen it after a dormant period following the surgery.

Harper, 21, went on the disabled list slashing .289/.352/.422 with a homer, nine RBI, and a stolen base in 91 trips to the plate. He’s aiming for a July 1 return.

  1. renaado - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Wow… Certainly somethin new. Mashing buttons is a part of rehab now.

  2. chaseutley - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    That’s a clown rehab, bro.

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    And who says that gaming isn’t a workout;)?

  4. scatterbrian - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    He should switch between PS4 and Xbox since the left sticks are in different spots.

  5. drewzducks - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    I can only imagine how he plans to rehab the rest of his hand.

  6. jwbiii - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    If he plays video games with the zealousness with which he plays baseball. . . carpal tunnel surgery soon.

  7. carpi2 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    If he uses his Playstation to play an MLB game, would that make his rehab doubly effective?

  8. campcouch - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Marketing bro!

  9. graymalkin26 - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Overhyped and overrated, maybe he should if he can play more than 100 games a season…

  10. lifer124 - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Harper had a funny thought and then tweeted a pic of his playstation thinking it would get some laughs. Two seconds later it’s picked up by the Post, then it’s on HBT. I mean honestly, do people think that’s their actual rehab program? Love the internet age, where even jokes are taken as news.

    • thenaturalmevs - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      And you know what I love? If the guy was actually on the field during baseball season putting up performances to talk about; the ‘internet age’ as you call it wouldn’t be sitting here talking about him being a spokesperson for several different products. It is a crime that this guy lives on the DL during the season when he should be out making his way as a young player in the game; but that’s what he’s become. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go make dinner so I can watch Mike Trout play tonight. He’s always in the lineup, never tweets this obnoxious stuff that Harper does. How else could Harper get attention now though? Wouldn’t be for his play thats for sure.

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