Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Swollen thumb sidelines Harper

VIERA, Fla. -- Bryce Harper will likely miss the Nationals' final two Grapefruit League games while letting his swollen left thumb heal, but the 20-year-old outfielder hopes to play Friday against the Yankees in Washington in advance of Opening Day on Monday.

Harper has been dealing with the issue since Friday, when he first was jammed by a pitch from Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly. He took one day off, returned to the lineup Sunday and continued a torrid streak at the plate in which he recorded nine consecutive base hits to raise his spring training batting average to .476.

But Harper again was jammed on a pitch from Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez during yesterday's game in Jupiter and was in considerable pain, though he was in better shape this morning.

"When I woke up this morning, it felt fine," he said. "Yesterday, it kind of got me a little. I thought it was going to be a lot worse when I woke up this morning. It wasn't. If I was in the lineup today, I could play."
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17 comments:

Faraz Shaikh said...

off-topic but noticed that JZ is starting against STL. Get ready for some fireworks.

slidell2 said...

Faraz- Actually, it's Taylor Jordan, Hagerstown Suns farm guy.

Anna Peregrina said...

If Bryce ever says he's NOT ready to play, then we know we're in trouble.

EmDash said...

Zimm won't start again until the DC game against the Yankees on Friday.

Faraz Shaikh said...

thank God slidell2. I read Jordan on MLB and immediately thought it was JZ, never stopped to think that his last name would be listed in case he was pitching. anyways, good news.

SCNatsFan said...

I'm convinced this kid would play with a thumb hanging by a thin strip of skin

NatsJack in Florida said...

Taylotr Jordan is a guy to watch.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

No sense wasting all them hits.

Scooter said...

Taylor Jordan was more interesting when his names were reversed, and he pitched for Michigan, and he was a girl.

Ah, those were the days.

NatsNut said...

LOL SCNatsFan. Good point.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Besides the cherry blossoms, another reason I love living in DC sometimes: smart kids
There's a baseball tie-in, wait for it.

Theophilus T. S. said...

Has anybody put a name to what he did to his thumb? Bruise, sprain, tendon? Did they do anything besides look for bug bites under a magnifying glass?

Scooter said...

Yes, Theo. They've named it Mary.

natsfan1a said...

Really? Because I heard it was Tom.

Scooter said...

Clearly, the Nats' medical staff is in disarray and needs to be fixed IMMEDIATELY

NatsNut said...

OMG, Scooter, seriously LOLing.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Mary Thumb? Living on the edge there, Scooter.

I'm proud of you.

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