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The Nationals today are without Bryce Harper, who flew back to Washington this morning to visit with team medical director Wiemi Douoguih for a diagnosis on his ailing left hip. The question now becomes, how long will they be without him?

The Nationals will not know how severe Harper’s hip injury is, or what kind of recovery he will need, until after Harper sees the doctor today. One Nationals official familiar with the situation speculated this morning that Harper has bursitis in his hip, the same affliction that formed in his left knee and forced him to miss 31 games in late May and June.

The treatment in that case would probably entail a cortisone shot, and Harper would not need to miss the remainder of the season. The pain in Harper’s hip grew more acute last week, but he had felt lingering soreness, off and on, since slamming into the Dodgers Stadium fence in mid-May.

As for today’s game, Tyler Moore will take Harper’s spot in left field and Stephen Strasburg will face Jacob Turner.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Wilson Ramos, C

7. Tyler Moore, LF

8. Anthony Rendon, 2B

9. Stephen Strasburg, SP


1. Chris Coghlan, RF

2. Donovan Solano, 2B

3. Christian Yelich, LF

4. Justin Ruggiano, CF

5. Logan Morrison, 1B

6. Placido Polanco, 3B

7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

8. Rob Brantly, C

9. Jacob Turner, SP