Harper lands on DL, again

1024px-9TH_Bryce_HarperWell the worst has come true for Washington National faithful, Bryce Harper will for the first time this season be placed on the disable list due to his need of surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and he is expected to be out until at least early July, ESPN’s Keith Law reports.

Harper suffered the injury on a head first slide into third base after a base clearing triple on April 25 against the San Diego Padres, the Nationals would go on to win the game 11-1. At the time of the injury the severity of it was unknown with Harper showing little to no discomfort after the play. But after seeing multiple doctors he and the Nationals elected to have the surgery on Tuesday, April 29, to repair the thumb.

Harper will go the DL currently batting .289, highest of career, with one home run and nine runs batted in. This will be the second season in a row Harper will miss significant amount of time due to injuries, after missing 44 games last season to an array of injuries it was heavily discussed what a healthy Harper could do this year and how he could help many experts prediction of the Nationals winning the World Series come true. This injury will definitely set the Nationals back offensively and defensively, which is already  worst in the MLB.

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Veteran Influence Leads Wizards to 3-1 Series Lead

DC rising

Nene Hilario may be the most influential of the Wizards deep veteran presence prior to the playoffs due to his absolute brute strength along with his ability to knock down mid-range jump shots. With Nene coming to Washington in the 2011-2012 season from the Denver Nuggets he has started a movement for the Wizards of bring in veterans to pair with the young star the Wizards have in Bradley Beal and John Wall. Acquiring Veterans such as Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, Al Harrington, Marcin Gortat, and most recently Andre Miller and Drew Gooden, the Wizards have put together a strong bench that from those six players have an average of 11 years of experience and 39.5 playoff games between the players.

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Wizards in full control of series after game two

wizardsThe Washington Wizards head back to DC with a two game lead over the Chicago Bulls after squeezing out an overtime victory in what can only be described as an ugly game. The easiest thing to do would be to criticize the officiating for their, seemingly biased but mostly just incredibly inconsistent, foul calling. However, I do not believe a team should ever look to the officiating as an excuse for a loss or poor play. No matter how much a Read more about Wizards in full control of series after game two