Washington Nationals Bryce Harper Dealing With Puffiness In Knee

May 17, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) prior to his at bat during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Who knew Bryce Harper’s crash into the wall at Dodger stadium over a month ago would have such hefty ramifications.

Harper, who ran full speed into the wall (no word on the wall’s MRI results) at Chavez Ravine has been out since early June after the Nationals placed him on the disabled list with what they called a flare up of knee bursitis, which he suffered in that nasty crash.

The powerful and speedy outfielder received a PRP (platelet rich plasma) and a cortisone injection in his knee on Monday during a visit with orthepedic surgeon James Andrews and was instructed to rest his knee for a week, including using a brace. Now, nearly a week gone by, Harper is feeling good but still dealing with “puffiness” in his knee:

Bryce Harper performed some range of motion exercises and didn’t have a lot of swelling in his left knee, according to Manager Davey Johnson, but did have “a little puffiness.”

Nationals skipper Davey Johnson was quick to point out that the team medical staff didn’t seem to feel any concern over the swelling as they expected it post workout.

The Nationals are hopeful Harper will be able to begin his rehab later this week before returning to the big boy club towards the end of the month.

Topics: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

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