The Washington Nationals are about to get their 20-year-old superstar back tonight as they face the New York Mets at Citi Field. After missing five games while he was in Washington undergoing tests on his injured hip and knee, Bryce Harper took batting practice yesterday and was given the go-ahead from the team’s medical staff to resume play as early as this evening.
The team still is not sure where or how Harper injured his hip in the first place, but the most important thing is that after a battery of tests, there seems to be absolutely no structural or nerve damage to either the hip or his knee. So, that is very good news from the medical front.
Kuntz addressed the media about Harper yesterday to the media. “To be honest, running has not been that much of a problem … Most of the time, it would be when he was swinging when it became really bothersome for him. We went over every detail of his swing and I am pleased to report that right now, he looks good.”
Despite feeling fine and being cleared to go, both Johnson and Kuntz said that they would monitor Harper for the rest of the season and there would be more tests given to him in the offseason. However, at least for now, the Nationals added Harper’s big bat to their lineup after a five-game absence.