Bryce Harper receives cortisone shot in knee; will rest one week

Bryce Harper is still at least one week from resuming baseball activities. (USATSI)
Bryce Harper is still at least one week from resuming baseball activities. (USATSI)

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In an effort to improve his swollen left knee, Nationals phenom Bryce Harper received a cortisone shot from Dr. James Andrews during his visit on Monday according to the Associated Press. He will wear a brace -- this brace, in fact -- and rest for a week.

"We'll reevaluate him in one week's time to resume activities, so these are all good things," said Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz to the AP. "We want him to rest the knee. That's why we put him in the immobilizer. It's kind of a reminder for him to stay off it."

Kuntz said Andrews confirmed the original diagnosis, which was patellar bursitis. There is no structural damage in the knee.

Harper, 20, was placed on the DL earlier this month after hurting the knee while running into the Dodger Stadium outfield wall last month. He acknowledged he should have gone on the DL a lot sooner, as far back as April after crashing into the Turner Field wall.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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