National’s Expecting Bryce Harper Back For Postseason

Sports Illustrated

The Washington Nationals are holding out hope that Bryce Harper can return to the team in time for the postseason.

General manager Mike Rizzo said Harper suffered a “significant” bone bruise in his left knee but avoided the kind of ligament or tendon damage and it’s that bit of news that has Washington hopeful that Harper can help them in the postseason.

“Of course you’re going to think the worst,” Rizzo said. “It’s definitely a bad feeling.” Rizzo said that the team “dodged a bullet”.

“It was definitely a relief,” Harper said on Sunday.

“We’re going to take some time to definitely let it heal. I want to be at 100 percent whenever I play. The World Series is definitely on my mind, playoffs, things like that.”

While there is no clear or defined timetable for a Harper return, manager Dusty Baker mentioned a timetable of 10 days to two weeks time.

The Nationals pointed to the wet conditions of the game while Harper simply categorized the injury as a “freak accident.”

“I don’t like wet bases,” Harper said. “It’s just an unfortunate situation that happened. There’s nothing I can do.”

“We don’t know how long he’s going to be out, but he will be back before the end of the season,” Baker said. “We expect him to be back for the stretch drive and be healthy. That’s what we want.”

“If I don’t feel good, then I’m not going to go out there and play,” Harper said. “Of course if we were in the playoffs right now I’d tape it up and get out there and hobble the best I could and do that.”