Medical update on Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper received injections of cortisone and platelet-rich plasma in his injured left knee during yesterday's appointment with orthopedist James Andrews, who instructed the Nationals outfielder to rest one more week before he's re-evaluated.
After 24 hours of silence from the Nationals organization, leading to plenty of speculation around the baseball world about Harper's status, head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz told reporters in Colorado this evening what took place yesterday during Harper's visit to Andrews' clinic in Pensacola, Fla.
Kuntz told reporters Harper received both a cortisone shot and a PRP injection in the swollen bursa sac of his left knee, though he did not need to have the sac surgically removed. Andrews concurred with the Nationals' initial diagnosis of bursitis, a condition that has plagued the 20-year-old since he crashed into the right-field wall May 13 at Dodger Stadium.
Harper returned to play in nine games over the next two weeks but clearly was hampered, going 7-for-31 (though he did homer twice). He hasn't played since May 26, when he had to be removed from the Nationals' game against the Phillies after aggravating the knee on a pair of headfirst slides. Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 1, retroactive to his last game appearance, making him eligible to return on June 16.
To this point, though, Harper hasn't been able to get through baseball activities without his knee swelling up again, prompting his trip to Pensacola yesterday to get a second opinion from Andrews. The results of that exam were kept under close wraps by the Nationals, but a source close to Harper said earlier today he didn't undergo any surgical procedure and that it would be "wrong to draw any conclusions" from a photo that appeared on Twitter of the outfielder wearing a heavy knee brace in the Atlanta airport on his way back from Pensacola.