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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper shut down for a week

Nats oufielder Bryce Harper will be out at least another week. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Nats oufielder Bryce Harper will be out at least another week with a knee injury. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was given platelet-rich plasma and cortisone shots in the bursa sac of his troublesome left knee and will be shut down for the next week, reports the Washington Times.

Harper received the injections from Dr. James Andrews on Monday, confirming a diagnosis of patella bursitis in the outfielder's left knee. The knee has bothered him ever since he ran into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13.

Harper is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, but says he needs to play a couple of rehab games in the minors to test the knee.

"I'm not going to rush it. I'm going to take as much time as I can to get it right," Harper said. "I want to get back in this lineup 100 percent. I don't want to get back in it 80 percent."

Harper will wear a brace over the next week in order to stabilize the knee before the team determines if he can continue baseball activities. Harper leads the Nationals with 12 home runs and a .287 batting average and has 23 RBIs.

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