Nationals place Bryce Harper on disabled list with left knee bursitis

Saturday June 1st, 2013

(Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been bothered by bursitis in his left knee since colliding with the wall at Dodger Stadium. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday because of bursitis in his left knee.

The move is retroactive to May 27, as Harper has missed the team's last five games. The 20-year-old's knee has bothered him since his crash into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13.

In a corresponding move, the Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Erik Davis from Triple-A for bullpen depth after ace Stephen Strasburg lasted only two innings in Friday's game, departing with a strained right oblique.

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Harper, who is hitting .287 with 12 home runs and a .973 OPS in his second season, last missed time in August 2011 with a hamstring injury in the minor leagues. He has hit .226 since the collision at Dodger Stadium and has experienced pain and swelling in the knee, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore.

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