Bryce Harper is technically eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, but the Washington Nationals outfielder may be out longer than that. The team announced that Harper will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday to examine his left knee, per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Harper was placed on the disabled list on June 1 with left knee bursitis, retroactive to May 27. As Kilgore reports, the swelling hasn't gone down in Harper's left knee and the team wants an outside opinion.
Harper did some light running in the pool on Thursday and the swelling didn't go down, per Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, which prompted the decision to visit Dr. Andrews. The team insists the injury for Harper is still bursitis and that surgery is a last resort, per Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington.
The Nationals have gone just 3-6 so far without Harper, who at 20 has established himself as one of the leaders of the offense. Harper got off to a fast start this season, hitting .287/.386/.587 with 12 home runs in 44 games.