Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Harper, Desmond get rare night off
Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond each were out of the Nationals' lineup Wednesday night, each starter given a chance to take a breath and let some nagging, minor injuries heal.
Manager Davey Johnson said Harper was getting some treatment on his left knee, though the 20-year-old outfielder hasn't been significantly bothered by the injury that landed him on the disabled list for a month earlier this season. Desmond, meanwhile, has a blister on his left hand that broke open late during Tuesday night's game.
Harper had started all 19 games since returning from the DL on July 1. Though his production (a .214 batting average, one homer, six RBI, .658 OPS) hasn't come close to mirroring his early-season numbers, he insisted his knee hasn't been a factor.
"It's been fine," Harper said. "It's felt good. There hasn't been any major swelling or anything like that. Of course you're going to have a little bit here and there, but every day it's feeling better. Hopefully it's all behind me."