It is April 26th and already the exuberant Bryce Harper has his second ding, dent, or other type of minor injury this season.
This time it is a sore left thumb after a headfirst slide into third base on his dramatic, bases clearing triple in Washington’s 11-1 victory over the San Diego Padres Friday night.
Harper was eventually forced to leave the game with the jammed left thumb. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, X-Rays on the thumb were negative. The Nationals will re-evaluate the injury Saturday morning before deciding if Harper needs to miss any time or not. Harper believes the injury is nothing serious:
I didn’t think so. When you hit it, you know whether it’s pretty serious or not. It just swelled up a little bit, and that was pretty much it.”
There seems to be a feeling around the Nats that they are finally building some momentum with back-t0-back victories over the Padres this weekend. It will certainly be a hitch in their giddy-up if Harper is forced to miss time.