Washington Nationals star outfield Bryce Harper had an MRI done on his left knee this morning, and the Washington Post’s James Wagner reports the good news that the MRI showed that Harper does not have any structural damage. Per Wagner, Harper has been diagnosed with left knee bursitis.
Harper was already scratched from the lineup today, and the Nationals are playing things safe and don’t want Harper to aggravate his knee injury. While it is reasonable to expect Harper to play through this, the Nats are going to rest up Harper early on, and I doubt he ends up playing tomorrow either. However, he could play against the rival Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday and Nats manager said of the chances of Harper being the designated hitter, “DH’ing will probably be good for the him. He won’t run into any walls.”
Roger Bernadina is starting for the Washington Nationals in right field, and it will be interesting to see when the Nats bring back Harper. He’s going to be fine going forward, and this is just a minor speed bump of an injury for Harper, who has a terrific .973 OPS thus far.