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Monday, April 28, 2014

MLB: Bryce Harper to have surgery to repair torn thumb ligament, out for two months

What good is having one baseball’s most natural talents if he can’t stay on the field for more than two weeks at a time?

NEW YORK—It looks like the injury to Bryce Harper’s left thumb is much more serious than anyone thought. According to, Harper will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and will be out at least two months. The Nationals have not confirmed the report.

Harper was scheduled to see a hand specialist on Monday to get a second opinion. The original diagnosis was that Harper had a sprained thumb and that he could pinch-hit against the Padres, while Harper said he would use nothing but ice to bring the swelling down. However, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

Esoteric Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:57 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:47 PM (#4696320)

Also I always thought your UCL was in your elbow. Does Harper have extra ones in his thumbs? Is this what happened to R.A. Dickey's missing UCL?

EDIT: So apparently people have UCLs in their thumbs, too. Who knew?
   2. plim Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4696324)
How much worse was this than Pedroia's UCL thumb injury last year?
   3. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:58 PM (#4696326)
Blessing in disguise. Now Williams won't have to deal with his lollygagging ways.
   4. PASTE Will Notice Harper When He Hits .467 (Zeth) Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:16 PM (#4696334)
Nice self-referencing link there :)

Two months seems like an aggressive timetable for this kind of injury, actually. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he ends up being out the rest of the year, or at least until well after the break.
   5. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:49 PM (#4696347)
McLouth/Moore is not a terrible Plan B (just like Espinosa was not a terrible Plan B for Zimmermans injury, Jose Lobaton not a terrible Plan B for Ramos' injury, and Tanner Roark a great Plan B for Fister's injury.)

Still...after a while, these add up. To say nothing of the fact that it decimates their bench.
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 29, 2014 at 12:16 AM (#4696358)
Alfonso Soriano might be available.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: April 29, 2014 at 01:34 AM (#4696379)
Alfonso Soriano might be available.

Probably not, the Yanks have holes!

But you can take your pick of Junior Lake, Emilio Bonifacio, Nate Schierholtz, Ryan Sweeney or Ryan Kalish. Why, for the right package, you may even be able to secure the services of Luis Valbuena!
   8. RMc is organizationalwide! Posted: April 29, 2014 at 09:54 AM (#4696492)
Well, baseball just got less fun for me.

What's next? Does Harper get hit by one of those 16-ton weights from Monty Python?
   9. TerpNats Posted: April 29, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4696721)
Now I know what my father in Brooklyn went through watching Pete Reiser.

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