This is a sentence we did not want to have to write in 2014, but it looks like Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will be heading to the disabled list.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Harper will be placed on the 15-day disabled list after hurting his thumb diving head first into third base after swatting a triple in Friday’s 11-1 blowout win over the San Diego Padres.
“Harper will see another doctor for a second opinion, according to a person familiar with the situation, which should determine the full nature of Harper’s injury and how long it will keep him out. “Doesn’t look good,” the person said.
After Harper visited with a hand specialist Saturday at Nationals Park, the doctor ordered an MRI and the Nationals feared Harper may have suffered ligament damage. Television cameras spotted Harper wearing a small cast on his hand during the Nationals’ 4-0 victory over the Padres.”
Hopefully for Harper, and Washington, this is only a slightly sprained thumb. I have spoken to some former high-level athletes who have experienced ligament damage in their thumbs and they’ve said it is a difficult injury to come back from. A lingering, frustrating injury is the last thing the 21-year-old needs after the knee injury that plagued him for the majority of 2013.
Harper’s bat was just beginning to wake up for Washington. Prior to the injury he had reached base in three straight games, and was coming off two-consecutive multi-hit performances.