Thursday, August 18, 2011
Harper leaves game with hamstring strain
Updated at 11:38 p.m.
Bryce Harper had to be helped off the field in the eighth inning of Class AA Harrisburg's game tonight at Akron, the Nationals' top prospect after suffering a right hamstring injury that could prematurely end his first professional season.
Harper was advancing from first to third base on a double by teammate Archie Gilbert when he pulled up lame.
Amateur video showed the 18-year-old outfielder being helped off the field by Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley and a team trainer, not putting any weight on his right leg.
The Nationals later announced the injury as a hamstring strain and said Harper would be re-evaluated Friday.
There are only 2 1/2 weeks remaining in the minor-league season, so Harper wouldn't have much time to return to play if the injury is at all serious. A Nationals club official said unless Harper is capable of playing in the next couple of days, he'll likely be shut down for the remainder of the regular season.
Harper is expected to play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in mid-October, for the second straight year.
In 36 games with Harrisburg, Harper is hitting .254 with three homers, 12 RBI and a .324 on-base percentage. In 108 total games this season between Harrisburg and Class A Hagerstown, he's hitting .297 with 17 homers, 58 RBI, 26 stolen bases and a .391 on-base percentage.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 10:07 PM