May 17, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) after an out against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Harper To See Dr. James Andrews; Espinosa Receives Cortisone

The injury news is really piling up.

First, Bryce Harper will see Dr. James Andrews about his swollen knee. It has not subsided like the team would like it to, and as such are seeking a second opinion from the famous surgeon. There is not major cause for concern yet, but any setback with the heart of the Nats’ offense is concerning and disappointing. The Nationals desperately need him back as soon as possible.

Second, Danny Espinosa received a cortisone shot in his hand to help deal with the pain associated with his fractured wrist. He will be shut down for a few days, and then resume baseball activities in less than a week. An MRI reportedly revealed that his rotator cuff is still torn, an injury he played through last year but could be struggling with this season. It has to be tempting to give him surgery and fix all his ailments at once while costing him a large chunk of playing time, but for whatever reason the team and Espinosa are resisting that idea. Espinosa will likely continue to play somewhat hurt, and it could severely affect his performance, even if he goes to the minors when returning from the DL.

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