Bryce Harper underwent an X-ray and the results were negative, according to Manager Davey Johnson, some welcome good news for the Nationals and their scuffling offense.
Harper bruised his left side in Tuesday night’s game when he jumped at the right field wall to catch a home run and scraped against it on the return. The big bruise was still bothering him on Wednesday when he grimaced on a check swing in the sixth inning and his weight stopped on his sore left side. He finished the at-bat but Johnson pulled him from the game.
Harper, one of the top offensive players in the majors the first month of the season, has carried the Nationals offense through a slow start. The test results are an encouraging sign Harper didn’t hurt any ribs or other bones when he hit the wall in Tuesday’s catch.
It’s unclear if Harper will play Thursday night, but it seems unlikely. Johnson said following Wednesday’s game that Harper would be re-evaluated on Thursday. Harper hoped to feel better in the morning and wanted to play if allowed. The Nationals will likely be without Jayson Werth (ankle/hamstring) and Danny Espinosa, who sat Wednesday in favor of Steve Lombardozzi. Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is on the disabled list and is set to return on Friday.