The Nationals suffered a blow after All-Star Bryce Harper pulled out of the 5-3 defeat by the Rays on Thursday night after his left hamstring suffered a strain, and pay per head software services hope that this latest setback won’t see the team get in even more trouble in the injury department.
The right fielder suffered a left hamstring strain after he tumbled in an awkward manner while making a throw home, holding his leg as he was down, and then he carefully left the field at Nationals Park.
“I’ve had problems with my left knee before — I’ve had surgery on it,” said Harper. “So you know, it
Matt Williams, the team’s manager, said that the strain suffered by Harper was a mild one, but also said that on Friday the player would be evaluated again. Williams did not say if Harper would have to be put on the disabled list, or for how long he would miss action. However, he did mention that the right fielder could be day-to-day, something that worries many fans.
“Be smart about it, of course,” said Harper. “I want to be in there, but if I don’t feel right tomorrow, then maybe taking that day off might help me a little bit.”
The turf was wet when the injury took place during the game’s sixth inning following a rain delay.
“That wet surface played a big part in that, and it’s a bummer it happened,” said Harper.
Harper was injured in an attempt to throw the ball home. Pay per head software services saw that as the player set his right foot on the ground, it suffered a slip, which saw his left leg clasp. The slugger’s throw was not successful.
The right fielder was on the ground for some minutes, but eventually he got up by himself and walked away from the turf while being escorted by the team’s training staff.
The right fielder had a batting record of .344, with 53 RBIs and 22 homers prior to the game.
Harper, who’s already an All-Star on two occasions at 22-years-old, had several injuries to his lower body, and after the season of 2013, the player underwent surgery on his left knee to take care of a bursa sac.
He also missed about one third of last season due to an injury on a thumb ligament.
Many fans seriously hope that Harper won’t be out of the game for an extended amount of time, as this would only add to the team’s injury woes.
On Thursday, Doug Fister returned to action after being out for a month with tightness in his forearm, but 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings were allowed by the player. Stephen Strasburg, starter who suffered neck tightness, could be back following his next session in the bullpen.
Jayson Werth is looking to return to action on the 1st of August following a contusion in his left wrist, and last week infielder Ryan Zimmerman joined the disabled list after suffering plantar fasciitis of the left foot.
“It’s time to step up. Everybody,” said Williams. “We look forward to doing that tomorrow.”