Bryce Harper could be out through the weekend, DL a possibility
"I don't have a lot of high hopes, but I'm hopeful," manager Davey Johnson said of Harper's status for the weekend. He may as well have said that he has no idea whether or not his best player will be on the field.
Knee bursitis is essentially inflammation in the knee, and it isn't uncommon for athletes to play through it, hence the Nationals' expectations that Harper would be back by now. However, the knee is obviously bothering Harper more than the team thought it would at this point, and the idea of a stint on the 15-day disabled list is becoming a possibility. Sometimes the best remedy for even a minor injury can be a few weeks off the field.
The Nationals' urgency to get Harper back in the lineup is reasonable, however. Roger Bernadina has been filling in for Harper in the outfield, and has posted a mere .143 batting average so far this season. Tyler Moore, who has taken the place of the injured Jayson Werth in the outfield, is batting .157, so the Nationals are obviously eager for more production out of their corner outfielders.
The hope remains that Harper will return to the lineup at some point this weekend, though a return early next week seems a bit more likely at this point, with a trip to the DL looking like a dreaded possibility. Harper's fantasy owners will have to hang tight and monitor his status.