Matthew Manouli |  Wed 13/09/2017 - 09:16 EDT

MLB Injury Report: Bryce Harper’s Not Ready Yet For MLB playoffs

MLB Injury Report: Bryce Harper’s Not Ready Yet For MLB playoffs
Will Bryce Harper be back this season? With the Washington Nationals recently clinching the NL East, Harper doesn't need to rush his return, but with only three weeks left until the postseason, the Nats are going to need the five time All-Star back at full strength sooner rather than later.

Bryce Harper’s Injury

Fans will no doubt recall that night in mid-August, when the Washington Nationals were flying high and were looking at an easy win against the San Francisco Giants. But then the unthinkable happened. What the MLB called a “national story”, most likely for the pun, Bryce Harper slipped, skidded, and came crashing down near first base, clutching his knee in agony. The Nats went on to win that game 3-1, but the longterm effect to their season could be quite drastic. It’s a shame the field was so slippery from the rain, but after delays, everyone just wanted to finally play.

Harper immediately went on the DL, and the prognosis wasn’t initially looking good. What was thought of as just a hyperextended left knee, turned into an ensuing bone bruise and strained calf as well. Some even speculate that the 24-year-old’s injuries are more significant than the team is letting on. Either way, he’s missed almost a month of baseball, and yes, longterm missing more months would definitely be a detriment to the team, but the Nationals are still deep and have kept the ball rolling along despite Harper’s absence.

In fact, they became the first team to clinch a spot in the postseason, making Harp’s eventual return all that much more enticing. Before his injury, he was having a stellar season, batting .326 with a .419 OBP, and .614 SLG for 29 home runs in 106 games and 87 RBIs to boot. He was on pace for another 2015 MVP season, where he belted 42 homers. You know when he comes back, he’ll want to make up for missing out on what might have been this time around. 

Will He Be Back In Time?

As of mid-September, reports are varied on Harper’s comeback.

Because the Washington Nationals already clinched, they wouldn’t be doing themselves any favors in playing him if he somehow can return before October. It’s too bad Harper coming back too quickly isn’t one of Washington’s major problems though. So that leaves whether he’ll be back in time or not. And if not, will his team miss his presence enough for it to make a difference? The postseason is a mean beast, and whole series can be won by a few inches.

First, the good news. While watching Harp take that tumble even hurt our knees a bit, it could have been a lot worse. He didn’t suffer a torn ligament, thankfully for him and his fans, but his injuries still take a while to heal. He’s currently doing intense rehab daily to help get back into the game as soon as possible. The two time MVP definitely loves the sport, and getting him back in the lineup is of upmost importance, but you can’t rush rehab, and bringing Harper back at 50% for the ALDS instead of at 90% for the ALCS would be a mistake, especially for the longterm future of the team.

The bad news is that some have interpreted Harp’s demeanor and responses as meaning his injuries are a bit more severe than the team is letting on. That could either mean a longer delay in his return, perhaps in time for the World Series if they make it that far, or coming into the ALCS at 50% instead of at 90 or 100%. Realistically, there’s no way to tell, and if his injuries truly are more severe, the Nats would have no choice but to bring Harp back before he’s really ready. He can barely run right now, but hey, you don’t need speedy baserunning if you hit home runs constantly. Hopefully Harper keeps that in mind. 

Jayson Werth getting some ABs will be a welcome boost to their offense, and even with Harper out in the playoffs, this is a team to be reckoned with. Their improved bullpen makes them an automatic contender, and they should be able to get past the first round without their star slugger. It’s the later rounds where Harper will be necessary. The National League is no joke, with the likes of the Cubs, Dodgers, D-Backs, and Rockies most likely in the hunt. One thing’s for sure though. If Harper comes back at full strength, their competition in the playoffs should get scared… very scared. Especially when Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman get back to form.

Do you think Harper will return in time for the playoffs? If so, will he make a difference? Let us know what you think in the comment section below! And be sure to share if you liked this article! If you want to jump on the Nationals train early, be sure to go to Sports Interaction and get the best Washington futures odds and nightly moneylines.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 11 September
FT Baltimore Orioles 3 - 4 Toronto Blue Jays -116 +108 Odds
FT Detroit Tigers 0 - 11 Cleveland Indians +355 -385 Odds
FT New York Yankees 5 - 1 Tampa Bay Rays -137 +130 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 7 - 0 Milwaukee Brewers +147 -154 Odds
FT Seattle Mariners 3 - 5 Texas Rangers +118 -122 Odds
FT Chicago White Sox 11 - 3 Kansas City Royals +167 -175 Odds
FT Colorado Rockies 5 - 4 Diamondbacks +182 -189 Odds
FT Los Angeles Dodgers 6 - 8 Giants -200 +188 Odds
Tuesday 12 September
FT Chicago White Sox 3 - 4 Kansas City Royals +171 -175 Odds
FT Atlanta Braves 8 - 0 Montreal Expos +160 -161 Odds
AEI Miami Marlins 8 - 9 Phillies -118 +109 Odds
FT Baltimore Orioles 2 - 3 Toronto Blue Jays -120 +116 Odds
FT Detroit Tigers 0 - 2 Cleveland Indians +380 -435 Odds
FT New York Yankees 1 - 2 Tampa Bay Rays Odds
FT Oakland Athletics 1 - 11 Boston Red Sox +161 -169 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 2 - 5 Milwaukee Brewers +111 -116 Odds
FT New York Mets 3 - 8 Chicago Cubs +290 -323 Odds
FT Seattle Mariners 10 - 3 Texas Rangers +104 -114 Odds
FT San Diego Padres 0 - 16 Minnesota Twins +160 -167 Odds
FT Cincinnati Reds 4 - 13 St. Louis Cardinals +140 -161 Odds
FT Colorado Rockies 4 - 2 Diamondbacks +113 -120 Odds
FT Houston Astros 1 - 0 Los Angeles Angels -104 +101 Odds
FT Los Angeles Dodgers 5 - 3 Giants -256 +250 Odds
Wednesday 13 September
86' Detroit Tigers 1 - 4 Cleveland Indians +260 -286 Odds
39' New York Yankees 0 - 0 Tampa Bay Rays +116 -123 Odds
Chicago White Sox 14:15 Kansas City Royals +140 -145 Odds
Miami Marlins 19:05 Phillies +108 -118 Odds
Atlanta Braves 19:05 Montreal Expos +260 -286 Odds
Baltimore Orioles 19:07 Toronto Blue Jays -103 -106 Odds
Oakland Athletics 19:10 Boston Red Sox +172 -182 Odds
Seattle Mariners 20:05 Texas Rangers -106 +101 Odds
New York Mets 20:05 Chicago Cubs +250 -270 Odds
San Diego Padres 20:10 Minnesota Twins +136 -145 Odds
Pittsburgh Pirates 20:10 Milwaukee Brewers +152 -161 Odds
Cincinnati Reds 20:15 St. Louis Cardinals +140 -147 Odds
Colorado Rockies 21:40 Diamondbacks +133 -143 Odds
Houston Astros 22:07 Los Angeles Angels +107 -118 Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers 22:15 Giants -213 +200 Odds
Thursday 14 September
Chicago White Sox 13:10 Detroit Tigers +113 -123 Odds
Oakland Athletics 13:35 Boston Red Sox +207 -227 Odds
Cincinnati Reds 13:45 St. Louis Cardinals +185 -200 Odds
Colorado Rockies 15:40 Diamondbacks +150 -161 Odds
Baltimore Orioles 19:05 New York Yankees +178 -189 Odds
Atlanta Braves 19:05 Montreal Expos +178 Odds
Miami Marlins 19:05 Phillies -133 +123 Odds
Kansas City Royals 19:10 Cleveland Indians +225 -244 Odds
Seattle Mariners 20:05 Texas Rangers +100 -110 Odds
New York Mets 20:05 Chicago Cubs +242 -263 Odds
Toronto Blue Jays 20:10 Minnesota Twins +153 -164 Odds
Houston Astros 22:07 Los Angeles Angels +115 Odds
Friday 15 September
St. Louis Cardinals 14:20 Chicago Cubs
Baltimore Orioles 19:05 New York Yankees
Oakland Athletics 19:05 Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers 19:05 Montreal Expos
Boston Red Sox 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 19:10 Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates 19:10 Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers 19:10 Miami Marlins
Chicago White Sox 19:10 Detroit Tigers
New York Mets 19:35 Atlanta Braves
Seattle Mariners 20:10 Houston Astros
Toronto Blue Jays 20:10 Minnesota Twins
San Diego Padres 20:40 Colorado Rockies
Texas Rangers 22:07 Los Angeles Angels
Diamondbacks 22:15 Giants
Saturday 16 September
Los Angeles Dodgers 13:05 Montreal Expos
Seattle Mariners 13:05 Houston Astros
Baltimore Orioles 16:05 New York Yankees
St. Louis Cardinals 16:05 Chicago Cubs
Kansas City Royals 16:10 Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates 16:10 Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox 18:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 18:10 Detroit Tigers
Oakland Athletics 19:05 Phillies
New York Mets 19:10 Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers 19:10 Miami Marlins
Toronto Blue Jays 19:10 Minnesota Twins
San Diego Padres 20:10 Colorado Rockies
Diamondbacks 21:05 Giants
Texas Rangers 21:07 Los Angeles Angels
Sunday 17 September
Baltimore Orioles 13:05 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox 13:10 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 13:10 Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates 13:10 Cincinnati Reds
Chicago White Sox 13:10 Detroit Tigers
Milwaukee Brewers 13:10 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 13:35 Atlanta Braves
Oakland Athletics 13:35 Phillies
Seattle Mariners 14:10 Houston Astros
Toronto Blue Jays 14:10 Minnesota Twins
St. Louis Cardinals 14:20 Chicago Cubs
San Diego Padres 15:10 Colorado Rockies
Texas Rangers 15:37 Los Angeles Angels
Diamondbacks 16:05 Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers 20:08 Montreal Expos

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