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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nationals Updates: Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos, Doug Fister, Erik Davis

By on 4/03/2014 08:15:00 AM

Bryce Harper (OF), possible concussion. After colliding with the Mets' Eric Young in a play at second base on Monday, Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper passed concussion tests and stayed in the game game (see this report by Sports Injury Alert). Harper said his head hurt "pretty bad" but reported no other ill effects in the next 48 hours. However, because of the possibility of delayed symptoms, the team's medical staff administered additional tests on Wednesday before he was cleared to play He went hitless, but nailed a runner at the plate (video) with a strong throw as the Nats defeated the Mets 5-1.

Wilson Ramos (C), fractured hand. Surgery was performed Wednesday on the Nats' starting catcher, who was diagosed with a broken hamate in his left hand (reported Tuesday by Sports Injury Alert). Apparently Ramos suffered the injury in spring training, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. José Lobaton, acquired from Tampa Bay in February, 2014 will be the primary catcher for the estimated 4-8 weeks it will take Ramos to recover. The Nationals called up switch-hitting catcher Sandy Leon from double-A Harrisburg.

Doug Fister (RH SP), strained right lat. The Nats were encouraged that starter Doug Fister, whose spring training was marred by a sore elbow before he suffered the strained lat, will come off the disabled list in late April. After taking five days off to heal, Fister should start his throwing program today, per Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider.

Erik Davis (RH RP), Tommy John surgery. Also from Zuckerman comes news that 26 year-old reliever Erik Davis "was shut down early in spring training with elbow pain, had Tommy John surgery Wednesday and will miss the season." Davis was called up briefly in June of 2013 and again in September when rosters expanded. He was probably destined for Triple-A Syracuse, where he saved 15 games in last year with an ERA of 3.10.

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