On Tuesday Davey Johnson gave a round of updates on the litany of current Nationals injuries, or what he calls the ‘M.A.S.H. report.’ Most notable was the fact Bryce Harper is still dealing with inflammation in his left knee due to bursitis and is now unlikely to be available as the team’s designated hitter when Washington travels to Baltimore.
“Harper’s still got the bursa” Johnson said. “It’s still tender, still a little bit swollen. The swelling is down a little bit.”
“I was probably being optimistic thinking he could DH up in Baltimore. It’s probably not looking good for that.”
Harper is continuing to rest after missing Monday’s matchup against the Orioles. He left Sunday’s game in the seventh inning after aggravating the injury. Johnson remains hopeful it will not turn into a stint on the disabled list.
“This is not something I think he would DL. If the inflammation gets out of there, the swelling gets out of there, he’ll feel 100 percent better. We’re talking about four days maybe. I was hoping it wouldn’t be that much.”
For more on Harper’s injury, read what team medical director Wiemi Douogiuh and team trainer Lee Kuntz said on Monday.
Update on Danny Espinosa's right wrist
Nats second baseman Danny Espinosa hit in batting practice for the second day in a row and is on track to return on Wednesday in Baltimore.
“The swelling is down from what it had been. Is it going to be 100 percent? No, I think we all know it’s not going to be 100 percent for the rest of the year. There’s no casting or surgery that they can do to make it 100 percent, it’s just a time thing.”
Espinosa said he has learned a bit of a lesson from playing through pain, understanding that it can sometimes delay the detection of something more serious.
“It’s kind of like a tolerance thing. I’m not going to do the tolerance [stuff] anymore, I’m sick of that. I did it last year with tolerance and my shoulder, we didn’t know what was wrong.”
Playing through the pain last season may have delayed the discovery of his torn rotator cuff and Espinosa thinks resting more when he first hurt his wrist on April 14 would have been a smart decision.
“I’m not going through pain tolerance with a broken wrist just to say I’m playing every day.”
Espinosa said pain is the biggest problem, that he it does not affect his strength or physical ability.
“The strength is fine, the grip in my hand is fine. It’s just the stiffness. When you’re swinging and you’re feeling a constant clicking in your wrist, you’re kind of like ‘what’s going on?’”
Davey on Jayson Werth’s left hamstring
“JW is out running, if things go well with him running today he can go play somewhere. Possibly.”
*Johnson said it is possible Werth joins the team on the road in Atlanta, a series that begins on Friday