The Nationals announced on Tuesday that they’ve activated outfielder Bryce Harper from the 10-day disabled list. Harper missed more than a month due to a hyperextended left knee, though all things considered, a nearly six-week absence represented far from a disastrous scenario.
The Nats already had the NL East well in hand at the time of Harper’s injury, and the fact that he sustained only a hyperextension of the injured knee came as a sigh of relief; the initial was gruesome to behold and certainly looked at first as if Harper may have sustained considerably more significant damage.
In Harper’s absence, the Nationals compiled a 26-15 record, more than weathering the storm in the absence of their best hitter. At the time of his injury, Harper was among the front-runners for National League Most Valuable Player honors, though his fairly lengthy absence all but eliminates him from that running. That said, the return of Harper and his .326/.419/.614 batting line before the onset of postseason play is significant for the Nats. Harper’s return was delayed by a day due to illness, but he’ll now have six games to get his legs back under him and work on his timing before the Nats begin play in the National League Division Series.