Early Sunday morning the Washington Nationals officially placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. That initial diagnosis might be wishful thinking, however, as the Nationals reportedly fear the injury is more serious than that.
Harper will see another specialist — Dr. Thomas Graham of the Cleveland Clinic — for a second opinion on either Monday or Tuesday, which should determine the complete nature of Harper’s injury and how long it will keep him out. The Nationals’ worst fear is ligament damage of the kind that shelved Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton for six to eight weeks.
‘Doesn’t look good,’ one person familiar with the situation said.”
It would be a serious blow to the Nationals to lose Harper, a favorite to win NL MVP in some people’s minds entering the season, for that long a period of time. Washington has already had to get by without third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup after he was forced to the DL with a thumb injury of his own. Harper injured the thumb on a headfirst slide into third base earlier this week.