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Harper to miss weekend, DL possible

May 31, 2013, 10:54 PM EST

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Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth could be swapped for each other on the DL.

ATLANTA — It was 29 days ago that Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth last were together in the Nationals starting lineup, right here at Turner Field for the final game of Washington's previous series against the Braves. As much as each outfielder hoped to rejoin the club and participate in this weekend's critical series against their division rivals, the possibility now appears nonexistent.

Harper, whose continues to be hobbled by a swollen left knee despite taking the last four days off, is likely to miss this entire series and could wind up being placed on the disabled list. Werth, meanwhile, remains on rehab assignment at Class A Potomac, and Tuesday is the earliest he could return, according to manager Davey Johnson.

The Harper news is most disconcerting, with the club finally acknowledging the 20-year-old star may need to take a prolonged break to let his knee heal some 18 days after he initially injured it crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium.

"He's a tough guy, and he would play if at all possible," Johnson said. "But he's too good a talent to take a chance on further injury. So he's not going out there til it's better, that's for dang sure."Read more »

  1. Rabbit34 - May 31, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Another thing that is dang sure, the credibility of the information we receive about injured players is extremely suspect. Particularly if it come from Johnson.

  2. phil dunton - May 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Rabbit34… nailed it.

  3. Michael Dempsey - May 31, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Braves announcer Joe Simpson just said Bryce Harper's injury after running into wall was "hysterical" The douche hit 9 HR's in his entire career. Now THAT'S hysterical.

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 31, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    How long does this injury last normally? Never heard of it before?

  5. TexNat - May 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Time to pull the trigger on acquiring a quality bat to serve as a fourth outfielder. Honestly, the position would be more like a 3.5 outfielder given the likelihood of injuries and the need to give Werth time off now and then going forward.I'm guessing the Nats could get someone like Willingham for less than an elite prospect. Twins would probably like to be rid of his salary this year and next, which is around $7 million per year. Nats can afford that. Its time to acquire some real depth. Championship caliber teams have starer quality players on the bench ready to step up when called on. If the Nats claim to be of that caliber, time to act like it.

  6. karlkolchak - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    First Harper, now apparently Strasburg. This season is crashing and burning before our eyes.

  7. Joe Seamhead - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Tex, I never want to see Josh Willingham in our OF again.

  8. TexNat - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Joe,I hear ya. But do you want to see Moore out there? How about Bernie and Moore at the plate? This can't go on anymore if the Nats intend to contend. And its painfully obvious that Moore needs to be sent down to work out his problems.The fact is that Willingham is a 3 plus WAR guy in each of the last two seasons. So his offense outweighs his defense. In any event, he is just one idea. The point is that the Nats need to look outside the organization to find some quality depth.Another random idea: trade for Asdrubal Carerra and move him to 2B.





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