During his visit to Dr. James Andrews recently, Bryce Harper received a shot of pain-numbing cortisone and an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his left knee.
The two shots serve distinct but critical purposes. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is separated blood plasma with blood platelets added to it. It promotes healing within the knee. The cortisone shot helps numb any pain the knee may still be causing. Cortisone is now very popular among Nats fans, as many will recall how a shot to the shoulder turned Ryan Zimmerman‘s season around last year. Harper is now also wearing a knee brace, but only to put less pressure on the knee and allow it to rest. His status will be re-evaluated in a week.
Harper has been dealing with the knee’s swelling and pain since colliding with the wall in Dodger Stadium on May 13th.