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Saturday, August 20, 2011

MiLB.com: Harper likely to be shut down by Nats

Bryce Harper likely will not play again this season, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Friday.

Harper, the Nationals’ top prospect, was carried off the field on Thursday night in Akron after suffering a strained right hamstring while running from first to third base.

“He probably won’t play the rest of the year, as far as I know,” Johnson told MASN. “There’s only a few days left. You take a chance of aggravating it and it becomes more of a serious injury.”

Takes the pressure off the Nats to call him up, at any rate.

Mike Emeigh Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:23 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. don't ask 57i66135; he wants to hang them all Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:06 AM (#3904558)
at some point, that's gonna be a really hard team to play against. zimmerman, morse, harper and werth at the corners, espinosa and desmond up the middle, ramos and norris behind the plate. they have zimmermann, strasburg, peacock, martis, milone, cole, solis, and ray on the mound. they've got storen, clippard, rodriguez, kimball, and smoker in the bullpen.


none of that is really a guarantee at this point, but there's a lot to like there, and if they can develop a good amount of those players, they really will be a threat for the wildcard.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:28 AM (#3904565)
none of that is really a guarantee at this point, but there's a lot to like there, and if they can develop a good amount of those players, they really will be a threat for the wildcard.

If they can develop a good amount of those players, they'll be a real threat for the division, pennant and WS too.
   3. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:51 AM (#3904580)
none of that is really a guarantee at this point, but there's a lot to like there, and if they can develop a good amount of those players, they really will be a threat for the wildcard.

If they can develop a good amount of those players, they'll be a real threat for the division, pennant and WS too.


Yeah, I thought that was quite and understatement. I remember when the Braves added Denny Neagle to a pitching staff of Glavine, Maddux, and Smoltz, and some commentator said that would give the Braves one of the stronger pitching staffs in the NL.
   4. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: August 20, 2011 at 03:38 AM (#3904595)
Plus Rendon, arguably the best position player in the most recent draft.
   5. Banta Posted: August 20, 2011 at 04:03 AM (#3904601)
You guys are forgetting (or ignoring) STEAGLES's schtick (or Phillies' Phanaticism, to give you a choice of alliterations).
   6. don't ask 57i66135; he wants to hang them all Posted: August 20, 2011 at 04:29 AM (#3904610)
You guys are forgetting (or ignoring) STEAGLES's schtick (or Phillies' Phanaticism, to give you a choice of alliterations).
guilty.


hell of a win for nats tonight. a real kick in the balls for the phillies, but it was good to see the nationals park actually cheering for the nationals.
   7. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 20, 2011 at 04:30 AM (#3904611)
That just may be the best darn win the franchise has had since moving to D.C. It's certainly up there near the top of the list for sure.
   8. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: August 20, 2011 at 04:35 AM (#3904614)
Just days before I was going to see him.
   9. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 20, 2011 at 04:43 AM (#3904619)
In three or four years, they are going to have alot of talent just coming into they're prime years. Just in time for the Phillies long term contracts (Howard, Lee and Halliday) to turn into albatrosses.
   10. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 20, 2011 at 05:25 AM (#3904634)
Of course, the Werth contract will be pretty soul sucking by that time, too.
   11. JH (in DC) Posted: August 20, 2011 at 05:55 PM (#3904859)
Not to hijack this into a Zimmerman thread, but last night was his eighth walk-off home run. Best I can tell from this B-R post, the major league record is 12. And he only turns 27 in September!
   12. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 20, 2011 at 06:09 PM (#3904863)
Not to hijack this into a Zimmerman thread, but last night was his eighth walk-off home run. Best I can tell from this B-R post, the major league record is 12. And he only turns 27 in September!

Pretty remarkable. I know it's accepted wisdom that there's no such thing as a clutch hitter, but he does seem to have that knack for the really big moment.
   13. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 20, 2011 at 11:42 PM (#3905025)
I remember two of them very well; obviously, the first game at the new stadium, but, more dramatically, a 2 run walkoff homerun off Chien Ming-Wang who was going for a complete game shutout.
   14. TerpNats Posted: August 21, 2011 at 05:33 AM (#3905216)
I don't think any Nationals fans were seriously discussing having Harper come up to the bigs this season; he had struggled a bit in Harrisburg, and showed he still has to smooth out his game. Also, given the time clock, he won't come up until June 2012 at the earliest, and right now I would guess his targeted arrival date might not come until September (splitting the minor-league season between Harrisburg and Syracuse).

The Nats are in the right direction, but with Strasburg expected to have a Zimmermann-like season next year (shut down after a specific number of innings), things aren't going to reach full fruition until 2013. But it's worth being patient.

One more thing of note about walk-offs: Believe it or not, Frank Howard never hit a walk-off home run for the Senators. (Don Lock hit a couple in the mid-sixties.)

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