CSN Exclusive, Pt.2: Harper talks injury
Bryce Harper is progressing in his recovery from left knee bursitis and is aiming for a rehab assignment Tuesday with the Single-A Potomac Nationals, Davey Johnson announced on Friday.
Harper has been out since May 26 after aggravating the injury in a game against the Phillies and looks to be on track for a return next weekend when the Nats travel to New York to play the Mets.
“He’ll probably hit inside again today,” Johnson said. “He’ll be doing some outside activities, he’ll be doing some outfield stuff maybe outside. He’ll probably work with us through Monday, baseball stuff before he’ll be ready to go out.”
Harper will likely play several games with the P-Nats who are home in Woodbridge, Va. through Thursday. Johnson does not expect him to be on any sort of progression as far as playing three innings one night and working his way up from there.
“Knowing Harp, I don’t think he’s gonna need much,” Johnson said. “But the main thing, it’s not so much timing, it’s more about seeing how his knee reacts to being out there for nine innings.”
Harper will wear padding on his left knee to provide cushion for when he slides. Banging the knee sliding into bases played a role in him aggravating the injury in late May.
With sliding really the main concern, Johnson said the team plans to just let Harper play in a game to see how the knee reacts. There is no plan to have him test the knee sliding beforehand.
“He’s just going to have to play. We’re not going to give him sliding drills. He’s just going to play,” Johnson said.
“He doesn’t know how to slide but one way. We’ve put every kind of precautionary measure on his knee.”
For more on Harper’s recovery, check out Mark Zuckerman’s interview with him on Thursday.