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Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:46:59 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) has no timetable for his return after trainer Lee Kuntz cleared him to start walking and jogging. Harper hasn't had pain during range-of-motion exercises. "We're going to re-evaluate this almost daily," Kuntz said. "We're adding bricks every day, trying to improve upon what we did yesterday and not lose any ground. You got to see how he reacts to the one thing before you add the second thing." Once he can sprint and take batting practice, he'll likely play in only two or three minor league games before returning.
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:59:52 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) was examined by trainer Lee Kuntz Monday, June 17, and the swelling is down in Harper's knee. Kuntz said Harper is ready to move to "ground-based activities."
Fantasy Tip: This is positive news for Harper owners, but he's not in the clear yet. He'll need to progress to running before he can return to full on baseball activities. Continue to monitor his progress.
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:07:44 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) was able to perform some range of motion exercises Saturday, June 15, but manager Davey Johnson said Harper had "a little puffiness" in his left knee. The skipper said the training staff isn't overly concerned, but Harper remains in a rest period.
Fantasy Tip: Harper is still a few days away from resuming baseball activities, so fantasy owners will want to keep him reserved until further notice. He might be able to play in minor-league rehab games sometime next week, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:11:34 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) will likely test his left knee while the club is in Philadelphia for a series that begins on Monday, June 17. He might perform baseball activities at that time, according to manager Davey Johnson. If all goes well, Harper is likely to play in rehab games and then could rejoin the Nationals shortly afterward. GM Mike Rizzo also explained prior to his team's game on Friday, June 14, that he wasn't aware of Harper's reservations about a cortisone injection until after the outfielder had expressed his feelings to the media last week. Harper received a cortisone shot, in addition to a platelet-rich plasma injection, earlier this week. Rizzo said that he, Dr. James Andrews and team physician Wiemi Douoguih explained it to Harper and discussed the scenario with Harper's father, Harper felt comfortable with the decision.
Fantasy Tip: It sounds like Harper could return to action within a week to 10 days. It's also nice to see that the front office has cleared up any misunderstandings with their now and future stud.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:47:59 -0700
Washington Nationals head trainer Lee Kuntz said OF Bryce Harper (knee) had a platelet-rich plasma injection and a cortisone shot in his knee's bursa sac during his visit with Dr. James Andrews. Andrews agreed with the initial diagnosis of patella bursitis and the Nats' course of treatment. The plan is for Harper to rest for a week then be re-evaluated by doctors.
Fantasy Tip: Such treatments have aided the speed of recovery, so it's OK to take a more optimistic viewpoint on his timetable, which could bring his return sometime in the next few weeks.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:24:12 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) visited Dr. James Andrews Monday, June 10, but underwent "no operative procedures," including arthroscopic surgery. Harper was spotted at the Atlanta airport with a bulky knee brace, but it's described as merely "precautionary" to keep his left knee immobilized. The team hasn't released the specifics of his treatment, and it's uncertain how much longer he'll be out.
Fantasy Tip: All Harper's owners can do is wait, but it looks like it'll be at least a few weeks until the phenom can return to a big-league game.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:35:54 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) said he will not return from the disabled list until he's 100 percent healthy. "I'm not going to rush it. I'm going to take as much time as I can to get right. I want to get back in this lineup 100 percent. I don't want back in it at 80 percent," he said. The team is concerned that his knee isn't healing properly, but they won't discuss the possibility for surgery. Harper isn't expected to have his knee drained.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:17:04 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) will visit with Dr. James Andrews Monday, June 10, and he's unlikely to come off the disabled list when eligible Tuesday, June 11. Harper tried to job under water Thursday, June 6, and his knee is still swollen. Surgery to remove the bursa sac from his knee would be a last resort and would add several weeks to his recovery timetable.
Fantasy Tip: Any time you hear a player is visiting with Andrews, you shudder a little bit inside, especially for a high-profile name such as Harper's. His knee hasn't improved in a while. If he doesn't have surgery, his knee will likely bother him to some extent all year. It could be a prolonged absence, but expect Harper to be back on the field eventually.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:14:59 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) hopes to resume running and hitting this week and come off the disabled list the first day he's eligible, June 11. However, he said his knee hasn't improved yet. "I feel all right," Harper said, before adding: "It's still swollen and crappy. I'm just trying to get treatment and see if the swelling will go down." Harper said the injury won't make him change his style of play, and he said he likely would have played through it had it been later in the season.
Fantasy Tip: Harper admitted last week that his knee ailment will likely bother him to some extent all season long, which isn't what you want to hear as his owner in a fantasy league. Once he returns, though, you shouldn't have any hesitation in putting him back in your lineup on a daily basis. The Nats may choose to rest him frequently throughout the year, however, if his knee continues to bug him.
Sat, 01 Jun 2013 12:02:18 -0700
Confirming a previous report, the Washington Nationals have placed OF Bryce Harper (knee) on the 15-day disabled list because of bursitis in his left knee. The move is retroactive to May 27, meaning that Harper is eligible to be activated June 11. In a corresponding move, RP Erik Davis has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.
Fantasy Tip: With Tyler Moore and Roger Bernadina off to slow starts, the Nats will suffer a significant decrease in offensive production from their outfield during Harper's absence (although Jayson Werth could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday, June 4). The team is optimistic that Harper will be ready to go as soon as he is eligible to return.
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