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Monday, April 28, 2014

BREAKING: Nationals' Bryce Harper to undergo ligament surgery, out two months


By on 4/28/2014 06:01:00 PM

Bryce Harper will undergo ligament surgery on his injured thumb and will miss at least two months, according to ESPN's Keith Law.

As reported by our Rose Ingberman yesterday, the Nationals outfielder had already landed on the DL with the issue but Law's sources indicate that he will now have surgery to repair the torn UCL in his thumb and will not return until at least early July.

The news means that Harper will play in less than 120 games for the second consecutive season. Last season the highly-touted youngster crashed into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium and ultimately landed on the DL with a knee issue after playing through pain for several weeks. Harper's extended absence will mean the Nats will have to rely more heavily on offseason acquisition Nate McLouth, who started in left field yesterday in Harper's place. Kevin Frandsen could also see additional time in the outfield.



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