On August 12, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper suffered an extremely scary leg injury while attempting to beat out a ball to first base. It appeared that Harper had slipped on first base, due in large part to rainy weather in the area just several hours prior. It was a play that was very hard to watch, as it looked a lot worse than it seemed. Many people thought that this injury would not only keep Harper out for the season, but also potentially threaten the rest of his career.
Luckily, Bryce got off the hook and it appears to seem that he can potentially come back sometime this season. It would be the best news in the world of Bryce Harper could return for his club before the postseason. The NL East is a virtual lock for the Washington Nationals, so Dusty Baker could really use a returning slugger to ignite their offense into the postseason.
If the Washington Nationals want to make a serious run at their first World Series Championship, their superstar must return soon and he must return in full health. He is too good of a player to be replaced and the offense wouldn’t be the same without him. If all goes as planned, Harper should come back healthy, presumably in September, and ready to rake into October.
After the scary incident, Harper was in high spirits about his return. He claimed that injuries are simply part of the game, and that this could happen to anyone. He was definitely fortunate that this injury wasn’t worse, because he knew it could have been.
For the time being, the Washington Nationals have no reason to panic. They are still very likely to win the NL East, and Harper should be back in time for them to make a strong postseason run. Other offensive studs such as Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy should be enough to carry the team into the final stretch of the regular season.
On the pitching side, RHP ace Max Scherzer looks as dominant as ever, Gio Gonzalez is having a career year, and Stephen Strasburg is on his way back. There should be confidence in the front office and from the perspective of the fans that their pitching staff should be able to hold up for the remainder of the season and with Harper’s absence.
Washington’s biggest threat in the postseason will most likely be the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are having a historic season, and it looks as if nothing will stop them from winning their first World Series Championship in decades. It will be a fun challenge for Washington, and it will certainly be fun for Bryce Harper, once he is healthy and hungry for his first championship. The regular season is in the final stretch, and it will be great to see who comes out on top.
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