Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to heal from his left knee bursitis, but might be able to resume baseball activities next week, according to manager Davey Johnson.
On Friday, Johnson said Harper, who is currently resting the knee, might begin some semblance of a return when the Nationals play the Phillies next week.
“I imagine, probably while we’re in Philly, he may be able to do some baseball stuff,” said Johnson. “And there’s a chance that maybe within the next week he might be able to come back. It really depends. He’s going to have to go to Potomac and run around out there and see if [his knee] stays calm.”
The Nationals, who have been injury-ravaged all season, are finally beginning to get healthy. Stephen Strasburg, who has been out since the beginning of June with a strained right lat, returns to the rotation Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.
As for Harper, he is likely still a few weeks away from joining the club with rehab games ready for him in Potomac. Whenever he does return, though, it would come at the perfect time, as the Nationals have begun to play better, flirting with staying over .500.