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Rizzo on Harper: ‘No worry about it’

Jun 9, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

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With his superstar outfielder set to visit Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his swollen left knee the following day, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo spoke calmly about his expectations for the diagnosis before Sunday’s doubleheader. According to Rizzo, there is no reason to fear the worst regarding Bryce Harper and that getting a look by Andrews is just business as usual for an injury of his sort.
“There’s no worry about it,” Rizzo said. “It is our protocol that players get a second opinion on any part of the body that we feel is a disabled list type of injury. Guys get second opinions all the time here, and every guy that we put on the disabled list has gotten a second opinion.”
Rizzo compared Harper to other players on the team, pointing out that the process is no different.

“We send them to our team physician, he makes his diagnosis, we start the rehab, and we get a second opinion … that’s our protocol. This is no different than we [Strasburg] went out, when Detwiler went out, it’s the same thing.”

  1. SonnyG10 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Don't worry, Mike. We'll worry enough for the both of us.

  2. phil dunton - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I would not believe anything Rizzo says. All you need to know about him is that he was hired by Jim Bowden.

  3. MicheleS - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    SonnyG10, count me along with you worrying… I swear James Andrews is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse

  4. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Pretty sure Stan Kasten hired Rizzo, and if I remember the rumors correctly, Jim wasn't thrilled with seeing his successor hired while he was still there.

  5. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I swear James Andrews is one of the Four Horsemen of the ApocalypseThat's funny. Who would the other three be?Andrews is a surgeon, so he would be the rider on the red horse.

  6. Another_Sam - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    "Seeing Dr. Andrews? Don't think about it. Nothing to worry about at all."

  7. Joe Seamhead - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Well, I've never heard anybody say, " In phil dunton we trust."

  8. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Joe, I think Elton John used to sing "I'm Phil Stanley! Yeah Yeah Yeah"

  9. Jim - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I would be very interested to know if Scott Boras may have suggested to the Nationals that a second opinion might be appropriate for his client. Mr. Boras certainly has some responsibility (not to mention a percentage of $9.9 million) with respect to the overall health of Harper.

  10. Clip&Store - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Joe what does that have to do with anything? I trust him more than Bowden/Kasten

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