Apr 25, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs down first base after hitting a three run triple in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Harper may go on Nationals' DL

Bryce Harper had a fantastic bases-clearing triple on Friday against the Padres, but at what cost?

The young phenom slid headfirst into third base, having lost his helmet somewhere in the base paths and three runs had crossed the plate, giving the Nats, at that time, a 5-0 lead. As Harper got up from the dirt, he was seen doubled over and looking like he was trying to work his thumb back into place.

Harper sat out Saturday’s game, and television cameras caught site of a cast on his left thumb as he was talking to manager Matt Williams. Harper had an MRI on the hand Saturday afternoon, and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that results hadn’t officially been released, but the injury is far more than minor. He even speculates it could be a ligament problem in Harper’s thumb.

That would mean that Harper would go on the disabled list, just when he was getting hot. He drove in four runs in Friday night’s game. His replacement on Saturday, Kevin Frandsen, filled in admirably, playing a flawless left field and getting a base hit. It is not expected that Harper will play Sunday.

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