Bryce Harper is returning to Washington, D.C. to have tests done on his hip. (Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is flying back to Washington, D.C. to have tests done on his left hip.
Harper has dealt with hip issues lately, and aggravated his hip Saturday while taking batting practice before the game.
He will be out at least for a day or two while tests are done, and depending on the results, he could be out longer.
Harper missed practice Wednesday, Sept. 4 as a maintenance day to deal with his sore hip.
Manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday, Sept. 3 that he did not know Harper was receiving treatment from training assistant John Hsu for his hip. Johnson said that if he had know Harper was dealing with hip soreness, he would not have played the outfielder Tuesday. From MLB.com's report:
"I think players sometimes don't want the manager to know they are getting treatment," Johnson said. "But I need that. It's part of the information I could use to ensure that they can get through the year injury free. They might be able to play with that injury, but it might be better to take a day off and let somebody else [play]."