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Harper to DL, Davis recalled

Jun 1, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

[Updated 3:45 p.m.]

ATLANTA โ€” The Nationals have placed outfielder Bryce Harper, still unable to play with bursitis in his left knee, on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 27) and promoted right-hander Erik Davis from Class AAA Syracuse to provide a fresh arm to a bullpen overworked as a result of Stephen Strasburg's oblique strain.

Harper heads to the DL with bursitis in his knee, the condition that has plagued the 20-year-old slugger since he slammed into the wall at Dodger Stadium 19 days ago. He is eligible to return June 11.

Strasburg, meanwhile, is headed back to Washington today to be examined by team medical director Wiemi Douoguih after departing last night's game with a strained right oblique muscle that could land the ace on the DL himself.

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  1. Joe Seamhead - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    You wanna talk tough? Erik Davis is tough!

  2. SonnyG10 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Welcome to the big league, Erik; big shoes to fill.

  3. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    If Harper can't play, I'm glad he's going on the DL. It stinks that it's necessary, but I'm glad that they're biting the bullet on this.I imagine Davis will only last a few days since Stammen will be unavailble, and then a reserve outfielder like Brown will be brought up?Hope Strasburg's strain is mild, but, the way this season is going so far…

  4. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Also, I'm pretty annoyed about the Strasburg narrative being that he's "injured again." Oh, twice in three years, one of them the type of relatively minor nagging injury that players get all the time? How terrible, he must be injury-prone forever. Why, it wasn't even worth protecting his arm last year! Ugh.

  5. NatsNutty - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    The plight of the Nats is starting to remind me of the 2012 Fillies who were coming off their fifth consecutive National League East championship with 102 wins the previous year. Unfortunately for the 2012 Fillies, they were barely mediocre, ending the season 81-81, due to a slew of long-term injuries to their superstars like Howard and Utley. Can this be the fate of the 2013 Nats??? Just askin'.

  6. TimDz - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

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  7. Joe Seamhead - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Speaking of the Phillies and mediocre, our old buddy Cole lost badly again last night, giving up 12 hits,7 runs in 5 innings. He can only wish his record was mediocre, but 1-9 is really bad.

  8. Donald - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    It's probably too soon for Rendon to be called up, but if Harper goes to the DL, there's a chance he could be the replacement since that would free up Lombo to play left. My guess though is that the Rendon move to AAA is more in preparation for putting Danny on the DL in a few weeks.

  9. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    If the injuries keep piling up, it could potentially end up keeping them around .500, sure. The difference between this situation and the Phillies in 2012 is that their aging star players on untradeable contracts could be expected to be increasingly-injury prone over subsequent years, while the Nats' core is younger, aside from Werth and LaRoche – who, depending on how they plan to use Rendon, might end up traded after the season. So if they manage the injury rehab right – always a question, to be sure – they have a higher chance of rebounding next year.

  10. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Ken Rosenthal reporting on Twitter that Rendon is expected to play mostly 2nd base in AAA.

  11. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Good news, finally. Learn fast, Mr. Rendon, and stay healthy.

  12. DJB - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I hope the Davis recall means Stammen is going to get a start. He has earned it. He seems to have a controlled pitching delivery and keeps the ball low and outside. In big parks, he would be a good fit. Also, the Bryce DL is not unexpected. I would wait until Werth returns, and then move him back to left. The Front Office has to take responsibility for their mismanagement of Harper. To have a 20 year old out on DL is unacceptable. The question is how serious is the knee and whether he is injury prone. Remember, he injured his shoulder and it looked like also an oblique during a check swing. He needs a good talk about maturing his style of play to fit the Majors. This Pete Rose act will not work with his athleticism. If he doesn't change, and is injury prone, we should consider a trade in the next 2 to 3 years. Just keep an eye on it.

  13. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Question for you– I was watching last night's game on DVR. Why is that tomahawk chop any less offensive than the name of f the WA NFL team? It's disgusting.

  14. natsfan1a - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I have to hit the mute button when they start that [stuff].

  15. baseballswami - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    And — certainly the Barves have to be asking themselves how they lost t that game. I mean, the seventh inning- oh, my.

  16. BigCat - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I wonder how much Harpers dad is involved with all this

  17. natsfan1a - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    On topic, welcome to Erik and maybe my Chicago/Denver baseball buddy and I will get to see Bryce in Colorado.

  18. NatsNutty - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Thanks EmDash. Believe it or not, I was born and raised in Filly, but da Fillies is now the team I "luv to hate."

  19. EmDash - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Harper didn't injure himself on a swing. He was already bruised on his side, from the wall crash, and felt it during his swing.

  20. alexva - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    one scouting report on Davis has a good knucklecurve and a solid changeup, but as a starter he was limited by his 87-89 MPH fastball. In relief he suddenly started throwing 92-95

  21. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    What if any is the history how fast people return from This knee issue of Harper's.Not being structual it seems to be healing slower than one would think a 20 year old would heel.

  22. UnkyD - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    DJB: the steady beat of the "Trade Harp" drum…. Talk about your different drummers….

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