Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been dealing with a hip issue for weeks, but it seemed like he was past the worst of it until Saturday. He aggravated the injury again during batting practice Saturday night in Miami and will be flying back to Washington to undergo tests on it. The Nats beat the Marlins 9-2 without their young phenom.
Harper has been battling with a sore left hip for quite a while, and while he could only miss a few days because of this latest flare-up, there’s a serious worry that the 20-year-old could be out much, much longer. He will meet with team doctor Wiemi Douoguih on Sunday to try and figure out the cause of the injury. The reason for it remains a mystery.
Manager Davey Johnson said he didn’t know if the injury could be season-ending.
In just his second year as a professional, Harper is hitting .273 with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs. He had gotten two days rest, as he sat out the team’s series finale on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies, and then rested during Thursday’s off-day. He then played on Friday night against the Marlins and went 0-for-2 with a walk.
Harper reportedly told Johnson before Friday’s game that he wasn’t 100 percent but wanted to play. Johnson clearly wasn’t happy that Harper has been playing at less than full strength.
Johnson had the following to say about the situation:
“I was a little upset that he keeps swinging, you know? Instead of just resting it and going out there playing. But he’s still young and exuberant and has his own routine. Hopefully it gets fixed and (he’ll) be fine in NY.”
We’ll keep you posted on any updates we hear about Harper’s condition, but you shouldn’t expect him to play any time in the next few days.