by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – After he missed the last five games with inflammation in his left knee caused by bursitis, the Nationals announced they’ll place Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

The tender knee has been giving him fits for some time now, which is believed to be the result of him crashing into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13. His time on the DL is retroactive to May 27.

The Nats recalled right-handed reliever Erik Davis from Triple-A Syracuse late Friday night to take his place, whose 3.00 ERA, and 27 strikeouts through just 24 innings pitched this season should give an extra boost to an already depleted bullpen.

Washington may have another injury concern to address once results from Stephen Strasburg’s medical examination are in. He was forced off the mound by Davey Johnson after just two innings Friday in Atlanta, then flown back to D.C. to consult with team physician Dr. Wiemi Douoguih regarding a strained oblique.

The Nats were already coping without Ryan Mattheus (self-inflicted broken hand), Ross Detwiler (muscle strain), Wilson Ramos (hamstring) and Jayson Werth (hamstring).

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