National's outfielder Bryce Harper to return from knee injury
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who has been out for six weeks with a left knee injury, joined his team on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 and was "deemed ready to play" the next day against the Philadelphia Phillies, according to the Washington Post. However, a sudden illness ruined his plan.
"He was actually here before I got here, trying to get well. You know Bryce; he is chomping at the bit to play. So it's just another minor setback," Manager Dusty Banker told CNN.
Harper's only baseball activity since his fall on Aug. 16, 2017 has been running, batting practice, and a couple of simulated games. According to the Washington Post, he suffered a "bone bruise and calf strain" in the accident.
Harper's on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) before his injury was 1.034. Harper also had 29 home runs before his injury and had been worth 4.7 wins above replacement (WAR) through those 106 games. His performance had given him another shot at the National League MVP, which he won in 2015. Before that, Harper was awarded the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year, according to CNN and Baseball Reference.