Two and a half weeks ago the Nationals placed Bryce Harper on the 10-day disabled list with a “significant bone bruise” in his left knee after he slipped on first base and hyperextended his left knee. At the time Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that he didn’t believe the injury to be season-ending, though he didn’t have a clear timetable in mind for Harper’s recovery.
Today Dusty Baker gave an update. It’s not specific one way or the other, but it’s not terribly promising either: Baker said Harper is “a long way from running.”
Jayson Werth is back and is playing right field with Howie Kendrick covering left. The Nationals will be fine for the regular season without Harper — they have a 14-game lead in the NL East — but not having him in the playoffs would be a big, big problem.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.