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Bryce Harper could miss Hagerstown opener


(Jonathan Newton)

Yesterday, Harper had to be removed from the field at a Nationals minor league intrasquad game after spraining his ankle stepping on first base to try to beat out a single. Harper, the first overall pick last season, underwent X-rays last night, and the results were negative. The Nationals consider Harper day-to-day and will find out more information after examining him today.

Still, Harper could miss significant time, including Hagerstown’s opener April 7 in Rome, Ga. General Manager Mike Rizzo said Harper’s injury is something called a “good” sprain, which means it is more severe than a mild sprain but does not present long-term issues.

Harper’s is similar to the sprain outfielder Corey Brown suffered during the second game of spring training March 1, and Brown has missed three weeks withouyt playing in a game. If Harper’s recovery takes as long, he would not return until after Hagerstown’s first game.

Today, Harper was seen using crutches to walk, with no weight on his left leg.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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