Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper May Need Surgery After 2013 Season

By James Williams
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals‘ Bryce Harper might need minor surgery to remove an inflamed bursa sac. That revelation came last night from manager Davey Johnson.

According to Johnson speaking to the media in his post-game press conference: “That’s a definite option. It’s going to be up to Bryce” and medical director Dr. Wiemi Douoguih.

No one has really known how banged up Harper’s knee really has been. Everyone remembers him hitting the right field wall in Los Angeles back on June 7, and he spent about a month nursing the injury. But if indeed Harper needs to have the knee worked on after the season, the good news is that it is likely the case that his knee just needs to be drained.

Harper’s occasional lack of hustle had been become a topic within the Nationals’ clubhouse after he jogged down the line with two outs in the eighth inning on a grounder on Friday night. Both my colleague Brian Skinnell and I wrote columns about the now famous jog to first on Saturday morning.

It should be noted that Harper still receives treatment on the left knee and wears a pad to protect it. Readers may also recall that Harper did indeed go to Florida to see famous sports guru Dr. James Andrews to have the knee drained. So while everyone expects hustle from Harper, he maybe excused from doing something that could hurt his knee for years to come.

Sports fans in the area only need to look at Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and the mis-handling of his knee to know how important it is for Harper to play hard, but not stupid. One epic knee surgery in town is one too many.

Rant Sports columnist James Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award winning, producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @Wordmandc and be part of his Google+ group.

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