Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
3 weeks ago

Harper underwent Tommy John surgery in early November, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper, who is Bryce's older brother, had finally pushed his way onto the big league radar for the first time during the 2016 season, so this is pretty unfortunate. The lefty reliever reached Triple-A and posted a 2.95 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 20:11 K:BB in 21.1 innings before being shut down late in the year. He will miss all of the 2017 season, but should be ready for spring training in 2018.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper is doing fine physically and is on track to begin his normal offseason strength and conditioning work soon, according to agent Scott Boras, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 24-year-old's uneven play throughout the summer months led to much speculation about his health, and Sports Illustrated reported in September that Harper had indeed been playing through a neck/shoulder issue for a significant portion of the season. While manager Dusty Baker strongly denied the report, Boras recently confirmed to the Washington Post that Harper "played with limitations at times this year, no question."

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper is batting second for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper has been a staple in the three- and four-hole all season, but with Daniel Murphy returning to the lineup and tough left-hander Clayton Kershaw toeing the rubber for Los Angeles, manager Dusty Baker decided to mix things up and move the reigning MVP up in the order. This could put Harper in line for more run-scoring opportunities with Jayson Werth and Murphy hitting behind him.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper (thumb) is in the lineup Friday against the Marlins, radio play-by-play announcer Charlie Slowes reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper had sat out the previous four games with a thumb injury, and with the Nationals already clinching the NL East title it wasn't a given that he'd return before the end of the regular season. He's apparently recovered enough though, as he'll slot back into the starting lineup to open up the final series of the year, manning his usual responsibilities in right field and batting third against Miami starter Andrew Cashner.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper (thumb) is out of Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

EDGE Analysis

This doesn't come as a major surprise, as the Nationals are being cautious with their star right fielder with the division sewn up. Thursday marks the fourth game in a row that Harper will miss with the thumb injury, with Michael Taylor getting the start in right field.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 months ago

Harper (thumb) remains out of the lineup Wednesday, CSN's Chase Hughes reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper will sit out for the third day in a row as a result of the thumb injury he suffered sliding into third base in Sunday's game. Brian Goodwin will get the start in right field in Harper's place.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 months 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.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 months 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.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 months 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.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
2 months 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.