Bryce Harper injury: Harper receives injection in left knee


Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had to receive a shot for his injured knee.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper received both a cortisone injection and a PRP shot in his left knee Tuesday after visiting Dr. James Andrews, according to multiple Nationals beat writers.

There was no structural damage found, and Andrews agreed with the initial diagnosis of patellar bursitis, the Washington Times' Amanda Comak reports. Harper will have to be in a brace for about a week to immobilize the knee and allow it to recover, Nationals head trainer Lee Kuntz told the media (via the Post's James Wagner).

Harper has not played since May 26 and was placed on the 15-day DL on June 1 retroactive to that date. Harper had been hitting .287/.386/.587 with 12 home runs before the DL stint. The Nationals are 5-7 since then.

The news isn't all bad. Washington may get its other star back soon. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game, which manager Davey Johnson gave positive reports on, Comak notes.

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