Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Harper hurt his thumb on a head first slide into third base. Early reports right now say it doesn’t look good for Harper and that he may have ligament damage. It’s the same thumb Harper injured back in high school.
Nationals manager Matt Williams is obviously concerned with this development. “We fear that he’s got a really bad problem with the thumb,” Williams said. He added later, “the prognosis, we just don’t know yet.”
It’s a similar injury to the one suffered by Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton (also while sliding head first) and his prognosis was a 6-8 week recovery time. Owners of Harper might want to start making other plans to fill the void for a lot longer than 15 days. Nate McLouth will likely step into the starting job while Harper is out. McLouth is batting a mere .118 in 34 at bats this year but he did steal 30 bases in 531 at bats last season while hitting .258.