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Harper to 7-day DL, season likely over

Aug 20, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

Class AA Harrisburg has placed Bryce Harper on the 7-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, a move that doesn’t officially end the 18-year-old’s first professional season but almost certainly ensures it.

Harper was examined by a doctor in Harrisburg Friday evening, an examination that confirmed the hamstring strain he suffered Thursday in Akron.

Though the injury is not considered serious, Nationals officials don’t believe there is reason to try and rush him back before the Senators’ season ends on Sept. 5. One team official said Thursday night Harper would be shut down unless he was ready to return in a matter of one or two days.

“I’m not going to worry a whole lot about Bryce Harper down there with a slight pulled hammy,” manager Davey Johnson said prior to Friday night’s game against the Phillies. “It’s the end of the season. He probably won’t play the rest of the year. There’s only a few days
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  1. Canada's #1 Nats Fan - Aug 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    The season might not end on Sept 5th for Harrisburg. Looks like they'll make the playoffs. If it's not too serious it would be a good experience for him to get some playoff action.

  2. Frediemac - Aug 20, 2011 at 3:52 AM

    Mark do you know when Anthony Rendon will be introduced at Nationals Park? Is there even a Rumor of a date for this?

  3. Mark Zuckerman - Aug 20, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    I'm hearing the Nats will introduce Rendon, Meyer and Goodwin (all Boras clients) together early next week. Nothing official yet, though.

  4. Golfersal - Aug 20, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    Guess this saves the Nats the embarrassment of not calling Harper up. Have heard the last couple of weeks every name coming to the Nats in September but Harper so now there won't be any questions of hard feelings.

  5. Frediemac - Aug 20, 2011 at 4:49 AM

    Thanks Mark, How about the Future HOF Zimmerman? Not a bad player huh?

  6. chiropractor glenelg - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    That's sad. I don't usually watch AA games, but Harper was on my list. I saw his potential after half a dozen games. He has a bright future ahead of him.

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