Bryce Harper, the Nationals mega-prospect and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, jammed a thumb on his non-throwing hand and has missed the past two games for the low Class A Hagerstown Suns, according to a team official.
Harper last played on Sunday, a 5-4 loss to Lakewood, in which he went 0 for 2 and scored two runs. Though the injury does not appear to be serious, Harper was held out of the lineup on Monday and Tuesday.
Harper, a left-handed hitter who throws with his right hand, leads the Suns in many hitting categories, with a .338 batting average, 14 home runs and 43 RBIs.
The Suns are scheduled to finish a suspended extra-inning game against Lakewood on Wednesday evening and play another game right after. Harper took batting practice on Wednesday for the first time since Sunday and didn’t appear to be in pain, a team official said.
UPDATE: Harper returned to the Suns lineup in the second game Wednesday night, batting third and starting in right field. He went 1 for 4 with a two-run triple, his first of the season, in the 9-5 loss to Lakewood.
Other odds and ends from Wednesday on injuries and seemingly minor nicks to Nationals players:
>>>After fouling a pitch of his left foot in Tuesday’s game, catcher Wilson Ramos said the area around his ankle was swollen and bruised but wouldn’t stop him from playing Thursday. Though he was wearing a protective guard on his lower leg, the ball managed to still slice off his bat, down onto his foot and hit him in between the plastic covers.
Ramos said though it was a little sore when he walked and ran he wouldn’t miss Thursday’s game. Since the start of the season, Ramon has been alternating games with Ivan Rodriguez, who is starting Wednesday’s game.
>>> Rick Ankiel was held out of Wednesday’s lineup because of a strain to his left intercostal (ribcage) muscle, one he likely injured while making a catch in center field, Manager Jim Riggleman said. It was unclear how serious the injury is and how long Ankiel will be out.
Ankiel left the game in the second inning and was replaced by Roger Bernadina.