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Swollen thumb sidelines Harper

Mar 27, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

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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  1. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

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

  2. slidell2 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:42 PM

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

  3. Anna Peregrina - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:51 PM

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

  4. EmDash - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:54 PM

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

  5. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    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.

  6. SCNatsFan - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:18 PM

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

  7. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Taylotr Jordan is a guy to watch.

  8. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    No sense wasting all them hits.

  9. Scooter - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    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.

  10. NatsNut - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    LOL SCNatsFan. Good point.

  11. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM

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

  12. Theophilus T. S. - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    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?

  13. Scooter - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Yes, Theo. They've named it Mary.

  14. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Really? Because I heard it was Tom.

  15. Scooter - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:13 PM

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

  16. NatsNut - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    OMG, Scooter, seriously LOLing.

  17. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Mary Thumb? Living on the edge there, Scooter.I'm proud of you.

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