Bryce Harper needs thumb surgery, is likely out until July

We won't be seeing Bryce Harper again until sometime in July.
We won't be seeing Bryce Harper again until sometime in July. (USATSI)

Axisa: Examining Washington's options to replace Harper

Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will have surgery to repair a UCL injury in his left thumb Tuesday and he won't be back on the field until July, confirms Jon Heyman of

Concerns about Harper's thumb grew over the weekend and, Monday morning, Heyman reported that the Nationals were concerned that Harper could miss "significant" time. Those concerns have come to fruition now, as Harper's ligament damage requires surgery.

Harper, 21, injured the thumb on a head-first slide into third Friday night on a bases-loaded triple. He immediately reacted and held his thumb in obvious pain. He was replaced in the lineup and subsequently placed on the disabled list Sunday morning. He is hitting .289/.352/.422 with four doubles, two triples, a homer, nine RBI and eight runs this season.

In the short-term, it appears Nate McLouth will take over as the everyday left fielder for the Nationals, though they have other options, as outlined by my colleague Mike Axisa.

News of the surgery was first reported by Keith Law of

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