Right before the Washington Nationals spring contest with the Houston Astros, top prospect OF Bryce Harper was scratched with tightness in his left calf, according to the Nationals Public Relations Twitter account. He is listed as day-to-day.
Harper has had an impressive spring so far, going 5-for-11 in his first five exhibition games, as he competes against all odds to make the Nationals Opening Day roster. Nationals officials told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that it is “nothing serious.” Spring Training is always the time to be ultra cautious on injuries that players would play through during the regular season.
The Nationals training staff hasn’t exactly had a great track record with evaluating injuries this spring, however. Top pitching prospect Sammy Solis will have Tommy John surgery after he felt discomfort during Arizona Fall League appearances, and starting first baseman Adam LaRoche was supposed to start his first spring game last Sunday, and his first start has been pushed back three times due to a sprained ankle that doesn’t seem to be healing as quickly as expected.
Hopefully Harper’s calf tightness is in fact “nothing serious,” and he will return to the lineup quickly to continue is impressive Grapefruit League performances.