It’s been over a month since Washington Nationals‘ Bryce Harper last put on a Nats uniform. Today, however, that will all change as Harper is expected to return from the disabled list and be inserted back into the lineup to start their three-game home-series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Don’t believe me? Check out this from Harper.
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) June 30, 2013
Harper has been sidelined since May 26 after being diagnosed with knee bursitis. It is believed that Harper sustained the injury after crashing into the right field wall while the Nationals were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers in LA. Harper was then diagnosed with knee bursitis by the team doctor and Doctor James Andrews then second that opinion.
There isn’t a player the Nationals need more right now than Bryce Harper. Despite missing over a month of action, he is still second on the team in home runs (12), and leads the Nationals in batting average and on-base percentage. Aside from the numbers, nobody provides a spark quite like Harper.
They’ve also missed him in the outfield. Roger Bernadina, Tyler Moore, Jeff Kobernus and Steve Lombardozzi have all had stints in the outfield in Harper’s absence and left field just hasn’t been the same without him. Harper’s speed and ability to chase long-fly balls sets him above the rest.
Mentally, Harper brings an added boost to the dugout. When things seem slow and the team is needing a little spark to get things going, Harper is always ready to make something happen. Whether it’s a stolen base, stretching a single into a double or making an electrifying catch, Harper is always Johnny on the spot when making a crucial and game changing play.
They say that Ryan Zimmerman is the face of the franchise. While this may be tough to swallow, that title may soon be heading over to Bryce Harper. Even when he’s not playing, his presence can be felt during a game. It’s been a long, hard month without him.
Don’t worry, Nationals fans, your savior has returned.