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Bryce Harper Heading To DL With Thumb Injury

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The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained left thumb. The injury was sustained in Washington's Friday night game versus the Padres when Harper slid head-first into third base in the game's third inning.

The injury comes at an unfortunate time for the Nationals who have already had to place catcher Wilson Ramos, and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list with hand injuries. Harper however, is optimistic and fully expects to return to the field in fifteen days.

Through 22 games this season he is hitting .289 with 1 home run and 9 RBI's.

The Nationals recalled outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Triple-A Syracuse to replace Harper on the active roster.

Update: It was announced Monday that Harper suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb and that he will have surgery to repair it. He is now expected to be out until at least July.