Young Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is questioning his team's decision to put him on the disabled list Saturday.
It's not that Harper didn't agree with the move. He just thought it should have been done soon after he crashed into an outfield wall in Los Angeles May 13 but the Nationals waited until Saturday, retroactive to May 27.
"I think after I hit the wall, I think I should have went on the DL, just try to get better and came back 15 days later," Harper said, according to CSNWashington.com "With a lot of guys out, I wanted to stay in the lineup the way I was swinging it. "Of course, I want to play every day. It's something that, maybe I'll learn more in my career to take off 15 days instead of lose the month or whatever it is."
Harper, who is hitting .287 with 12 homers and 23 RBIs in 44 games, is also dealing with bursitis in his left knee.
"You always do what's best for the player," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said, according to MLB.com. "If the club felt like he'd be ready to come back in three or four or five days, we wouldn't have DL'ed him. But I think in talking with Bryce, we've got to get by this where it's not a recurring thing."
Another of the Nationals' young stars, pitcher Stephen Strasburg, has a Grade 1 strain of a lat muscle but is optimistic he won't miss a start.
LINCECUM TO BULLPEN?
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum wouldn't balk at a move to the bullpen in the future.
Lincecum was used out of the 'pen during the playoffs last season, pitching 13 innings while allowing just one run on six hits and two walks. He's 3-5 with a 5.12 ERA in 65 innings as a starter this season.
"If my career takes that turn, I'm definitely open to changes, especially if it's beneficial to the team I'm playing for," Lincecum told CSNBayArea.com.
Lincecum, who won the NL Cy Young in 2008 and '09, struggled last season, going 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA in 33 starts.
BETANCOURT ON DL
The Colorado Rockies put closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to a strained right groin.
Betancourt hasn't pitched since Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, when he allowed two runs in one inning. The 38-year-old is 1-3 with 11 saves and a 3.20 earned-run average in 22 games this season.
"He's not going to be the one to say that I'm hurt or need to go on the DL," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said on the team's website. "But I think he realized it was the right thing to do."
Weiss said lefthander Rex Brothers will fill in as closer in Betancourt's absence.
ELLIS, RYU SIDELINED
The Los Angeles Dodgers put catcher A.J. Ellis, who has a slight left oblique injury, on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
The move, however, was made more to free up a roster spot, according to the team's website. Ellis was hurt Wednesday but doesn't really need much time off, if any.
"We didn't think it would be only two or three days or 15, but long enough that we had to do something," manager Don Mattingly said.
The Dodgers also scratched lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu from his start Sunday against the Colorado Rockies because of a sore left foot. Matt Magill was called up from triple-A Albuquerque to make the spot start.
Outfielder Carl Crawford also missed Sunday's game and could be put on the DL due to a hamstring issue that cropped up Saturday.
SIZEMORE ON COMEBACK TRAIL
Grady Sizemore could be back in the big leagues at some point this season.
The free agent outfielder, who hasn't played since the 2011 season after having microfracture surgery on both knees, has resumed baseball activities and could sign with a team for the second half of the season, according to the Boston Globe.
Sizemore, 30, was a three-time all-star with the Cleveland Indians but has played in just 104 games since the start of the 2010 season due to injuries.