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Harper to have right leg evaluated

Jun 24, 2015, 11:13 PM EDT

In the 11th inning after smoking a double to right-center field against the Braves, Bryce Harper ran through second base and stopped short before leaning down to put his hands on his knees. He stood at second base hunched over and appeared at first to be catching his breath.

But manager Matt Williams and head trainer Lee Kuntz could tell something was wrong and ran out to talk to him despite several attempts by Harper to wave them off. Harper, it turns out, felt a cramp in his right leg as he was turning towards third. It is not related to the left hamstring strain that he dealt with this past weekend, but it will require further evaluation by the team’s medical staff.

“He just said it was a cramp when he went into second. Standing there, it got a little bit better,” Williams said. “He told me he could score if there was a base hit, so it subsided a little bit. We’ll see how it acts when he gets up in the morning. The doc will take a look at him, the trainers will take a look at him when we get back in there and we’ll see what we’ve got.”

Harper ended up scoring the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Ian Desmond. Harper was on third with the bases loaded when Desmond lined out to deep left field. It wasn’t a close call as Harper jogged home comfortably.

Williams said the team will hope to have more on Harper before Thursday’s game. The 22-year-old right fielder is hitting. .340 with 24 home runs and 58 RBI this season.

  1. adcwonk - Jun 24, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    With all the panicing (that I did) about this, I didn’t even notice that it was his right leg, and that the hurt hammy was the left.

    Cramps can be extremely painful for a moment, followed by five minutes of soreness, and can be as good as new the next day.

    I said “can be.” I hope that’s what this is.

    • Tyler Babip - Jun 24, 2015 at 11:40 PM

      +yes we can (hope)

    • Sonny G 10 - Jun 24, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      I just assumed it was his left knee/quad acting up. Never noticed it was his right leg. I hope you’re right, wonk that its nothing serious and he can play tomorrow. I really want him to be healthy the whole season so we can see how high he can go.

  2. faridrushdi - Jun 24, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    One of the best players in the 1940’s was Pistol Pete Reiser. As a 22-year-old, he hit .343 with 39 doubles, 17 triples, 14 homers, 76 RBI, and led the league in OBP and OPS. But he like young Mr. Harper was a run-into-walls-do-everything-120% player, The injuries took their toll and he averaged just 63 games his last five or so years in the majors, retiring at 33 in 1952.

    My point is, he was considered the premier up-and-coming player of his era. Without the injuries, he would be remembered like DiMaggio and Williams. Hopefully, Harper’s penchant for injuries his first four years will become a footnote.

    • Drew - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:40 AM

      Interesting, Farid. Some guys come out of the chute looking like sure-fire HOF-ers, but they just can’t stay on the field.

      Look at Cleveland 1b Hal Trosky. He was a great player felled by migraine headaches.

      Kinda makes you appreciate Cal Ripken’s achievements.

      Like you, I hope Bryce has a long, healthy and historic career.

  3. adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    This gaqme was an interesting statement of how much he is needed, as if we didn’t need any reminders: the Nats won 2-1. He got an RBI on the first run, and scored the second run.

  4. scmargenau - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    I agree, harp seems injury prone thus far. It’s weird some Atheletes are like cal and early get hurt and others seem
    Constantly injured.

    Let’s hope this is just an unlucky run…cuz both he and Rendon have had more than their share of booboos





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