A shot of Harper who hopes to be healthy soon. (©GettyImages)
A shot of Harper who hopes to be healthy soon. (©GettyImages).

Bryce Harper expected to have thumb surgery on left hand

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The Washington Nationals have not exactly lived up to everybody's expectations so far.

Of course all eyes are on young stud outfielder Bryce Harper and what he will accomplish this year. Harper is batting .289 while having nine RBIs. Fans were concerned with Harper as he struck out consistently this year; he is currently sitting at 21. What makes this worse for Bryce and the Nats is that Harper may be out for at the very least two months.

This year has been publicized quite a bit for the young outfielder with questions about his effort on the field and whether his patience at the plate was affecting his team. Fellow teammates Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth haven't exactly pulled their weight either but being the potential superstar he is, Harper will always be looked at with a microscope.

He was complaining about pain in his left thumb after he jammed it running the bases on a triple but he played through it. Apparently, it wasn't as simple as he made it sound.

He will reportedly be having surgery on it to repair his torn ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb. For a team that has struggled in its division and one of the notably weaker ones in the National League at that, this is can be a devastating loss.

Washington knows that even though the MLB season is one of the longest seasons in sports, it heavily tests the consistency and depth of a team. While they have a number of issues from the play of their pitching rotation to the unproductive lineups, they can only hope that Harper returns and soon.

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