It has been a crazy season for the abundance of injuries that have affected some of the best players in Major League Baseball. This weekend we saw players like the Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis hit the disabled list, but none were more prominent than the Washington Nationals Bryce Harper who will be out several months after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament to his left thumb.
[pullquote]”You can’t question the way the kid plays the game. He plays the game hard.” – Matt Williams, Manager[/pullquote]
Harper injured his thumb in the bottom of the third inning while sliding into third base to finalize a bases clearing triple against the San Diego Padres. Sliding head first Harper jammed his thumb in a play designed of bad luck. As his manager Matt Williams said, “It’s happens all the time. Guys slide in headfirst all the time. Just so happens that he got his thumb in an awkward position. You can’t question that. You can’t question the way the kid plays the game. He plays the game hard.”
Making matters worse for the Nationals is that they are sitting at roughly $140 million in team salary making it highly unlikely that the Nationals will opt to try and trade for a higher quality outfielder that a struggling team would like to unload.