The Washington Nationals already had a number of issues going on, including their slow start offensively. The injuries to Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg had weakened the roster, and now Bryce Harper is hurt. Harper left Wednesday’s game with a bruised lat.
It may not seem like a huge deal, but it can become a major problem and something that could make Harper sit for a while.
Harper has been the one player that is keeping Washington in sight of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. If Harper were to miss some time, the Nationals could find themselves in fourth place sooner than later. The schedule isn’t too kind to the Nationals in the coming week either, and they need every asset they can have on the field.
Harper was hitting .337 with nine home runs and 18 RBIs going into Thursday’s play. He probably won’t be out any longer than through the weekend, but who knows how bad this is. We have seen a Washington team that hasn’t lived up to preseason expectations and can’t afford to slip too much farther behind Atlanta if they want to make the playoffs this season.
It may be best to let Harper rest up this injury and not push it through Monday. The offense is dependent on him right now, however, so it will be a difficult decision on what to do.