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Nationals' Bryce Harper headed to see Dr. James Andrews

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Bryce Harper is headed where no ballplayer wants to go.
Bryce Harper is headed where no ballplayer wants to go. USATSI

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Nationals supernova Bryce Harper has been sidelined since May 26 because of bursitis in his left knee -- an injury worsened by his running into the Dodger Stadium wall on May 13. The Nats only recently placed him on the disabled list and, now, reports MASN's Dan Kolko, Harper is on his way to see famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.

"He's going to see Andrews on Monday," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "He's probably not going to be available to come off [the DL] when he's supposed to come off. Hopefully, [Andrews is] going to have some sort of better news for us."

If Harper requires surgery on his knee, as Kolko notes, then that would likely add two to three weeks onto his existing timetable. Harper has indicated he's not willing to receive a cortisone injection to relieve the swelling and inflammation in his knee. "I don't want to put any of that stuff in my knee, in my body," he said. "I think that that would do some damage to my knee, and I'm not going to do that at 20 years old."

The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year is batting .287/.386/.587 this season with 12 homers in 150 at-bats.

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