Washington Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper will have surgery on his thumb, and be out until at least July, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com.
Harper, 21, tore the UCL is his thumb sliding into 3rd base in Washington’s win against San Diego on Friday night. Harper was immediately placed on the 15 day D.L., but the extent of the injury was not known until today. The young slugger, because of his immense talent, was one of the most touted prospects in recent memory. He hasn’t quite lived up to all the hype just yet, but has still hit for a solid .273 average, and has an 8.9 WAR in a little over 2 seasons in the bigs. It would seem like just a matter of time until he breaks out and becomes a top major league outfielder, as long as his health stays intact.
Harper, ironically, was benched by manager Matt Williams for lack of hustle in a game last week. Now he’ll miss significant time for aggressively sliding head-first into 3rd base. Funny how baseball works.
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