DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
13 hours ago

Harper (thumb) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The news on Harper has been generally positive, as X-rays were negative and his swelling was already starting to diminish Monday. However, he's not expected to return until later in the week, perhaps not until the team's final series.

DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
1 day ago

X-ray results on Harper's thumb came back negative Monday and there's a chance he'll be able to return later in the week, Byron Kerr of MASN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Obviously this is good news for Harper, as Kerr even reports that the swelling around Harper's thumb has subsided. A firm date for his return is still unknown, but Brian Goodwin stands to benefit from unexpected playing time during his continued absence.

DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 days ago

Harper (thumb) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Dusty Baker did not have any details to share regarding Harper's health, but he will sit out at least one game due to the thumb injury he suffered Sunday. The Nationals are still playing for playoff positioning, but with a postseason berth secured, they figure to take the cautious route with Harper as long as he is less than 100 percent. Brian Goodwin will get the start in right field in his place Monday evening.

DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 days ago

Harper injured his thumb in Sunday's game and will undergo an X-ray on Monday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports

EDGE Analysis

The injury isn't the same spot as his previous thumb issue but more abut it should surface following the tests Monday. Consider him day-to-day ahead of Monday's series finale against the Diamondbacks until then.

DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
3 days ago

Harper left Sunday's gamein the third inning with a hand injury, Dan Kolko of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper seemed to hurt his hand while sliding into third base on a triple. After the slide, he stayed in and scored a run, but was pulled from the outfield shortly after. Upon his departure, Harper was replaced by Chris Heisey in right field. More details regarding the severity of Harper's injury should be available in the near future.

DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
4 days ago

Harper went 3-for-6 with a double in Friday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

The slugger's multi-hit effort was his first since Sep. 6, a testament to how lackluster his month has been at the plate overall. Harper has slashed .203/.333/.297 over 64 September at-bats, with only one homer and seven RBI, following an August where he managed a stellar .310/.398/.536 line and drove in 19 runs.

DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
1 week ago

Harper has been dealing with an ailing shoulder/neck for the past two months, Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since the start of July (approximately when the injury occurred, according to Verducci's report), Harper has hit .227/.344/.391 with eight home runs in 270 plate appearances, so his lack of production over that span certainly seems to back up the report that he is playing hurt. Manager Dusty Baker took issue with Verducci's report Tuesday, but that should not come as a surprise, as Baker has been tight-lipped about Harper's status all season, and he was likely upset that Verducci found a source close to Harper who was willing to talk. Assuming this report is accurate, it goes a long way toward explaining Harper's struggles this year, which is good news for his owners in keeper leagues, but bad news for anyone expecting him to turn things around over the final two weeks of the season.

DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
1 week ago

Harper is not in the lineup Monday against the Marlins, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the Nats comfortably atop the NL East, they'll rest the reigning NL MVP in preparation for the postseason. Harper hit an encouraging .310 in the month of August, but his struggles have returned in September, as he's hitting just .184 with one home run, seven RBI and 16 strikeouts across 49 at-bats.

DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 weeks ago

Harper went 1-for-4 with a three-run shot, his 24th home run of the year, in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

The eighth-inning blast came too late to get Max Scherzer a win, but it put the Nats nine games clear of the Mets in the NL East title race. After rebounding in August, Harper's off to a tough start to September, slashing .258/.314/.419 with an uncharacteristic 3:9 BB:K ratio in 31 at-bats.

DTDBryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
3 weeks ago

Harper is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Royals, according to MASN's Dan Kolko.

EDGE Analysis

Harper has been swinging a hot bat for a few weeks, but manager Dusty Baker decided to hold out several of his regulars Monday, so Harper will get a day off for the first time since he sat out three straight games in mid-August with a sore neck. Brian Goodwin will get the start in right field in Harper's place.