MLB Notes: Harper could miss several weeks: Report

Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs down first base after hitting a three run...

Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs down first base after hitting a three run triple in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park on Apr 25, 2014 in Washington, DC, USA (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Washington Nationals fear injured outfielder Bryce Harper may be out much longer than his 15-day disabled list stay due to a bruised thumb.

The Nationals placed Harper on the DL Sunday and backdated the move to Saturday, but they are concerned that he could actually miss several weeks, according to the Washington Post.

"Doesn't look good," a source told the Post.

Harper, 21, was scheduled to see a hand specialist Monday to get more information about the extent of the injury as it could be more than just a bruise.

Harper was injured Friday night. Nationals’ manager Matt Williams said after the game that X-rays were negative. He was replaced in left field over the weekend by Kevin Frandsen but Nate McLouth may take over.

Harper is batting .289 this year but has just one home run in 83 at-bats. He was limited to 118 games in 2013 because of hip, knee and side injuries.

CARDINALS OPTION WONG

The St. Louis Cardinals optioned second baseman Kolten Wong and right fielder Shane Robinson to triple-A Memphis on Monday and brought up outfielder Randal Grichuk and infielder Greg Garcia.

Wong is batting .225 with five RBIs in 71 at-bats and Robinson is off to a 1-for-20 start in 16 games.

Wong batted .375 in spring training but struggled once the regular season started. He recently lost starts to a healthy Mark Ellis. Robinson was the Cardinals' fifth outfielder.

Grichuk, who can play any of the three outfield spots, has a batting line of .313/.356/.542 with 12 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs over 20 games with Memphis.

Garcia, a second baseman and shortstop, leads Memphis with five home runs and has a batting line of .277/.362/.544.

GYORKO GOING ON PATERNITY LIST

The San Diego Padres will place second baseman Jedd Gyorko on the paternity list, according to reports Monday.

The Padres will also recall infielder Tommy Medica from triple-A Tucson, 1090AM in San Diego reported.

Gyorko will miss Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants and might miss the entire three-game series.

Gyorko's wife, Karley, was due with twin boys.

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, a player on the paternity list is allowed up to a three-day absence.

Gyorko, 25, signed a six-year, $35 million contract extension earlier this month that will keep him with the Padres through at least 2019.

Gyorko is hitting just .144, with one home run and nine RBIs, through 26 games this season.

BRAUN BANGED UP

Right Fielder Ryan Braun was not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday and is expected to miss the next three to five games while he deals with a strained right intercostals (rib) muscle.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that he doesn't expect Braun to go on the disabled list and will use utility man Elian Herrera in right field for the time being and possibly Mark Reynolds.

 


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