WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper continued nursing a sore neck, causing him to miss his fifth-straight game on Saturday. According to Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, the team considers him day-to-day after good news on today’s MRI.
“We haven’t discussed the disabled list with him yet today. He did have an MRI today and it was clean, so that’s good news,” Rizzo told the media before the game. “He feels good about it, we just got done talking to him, and he’s got a stiff neck that’s lingered for five or six games.
“Hopefully, that’s behind us now and as he feels better; Dusty and Harper will let us know if he can be used. I would categorize him as day-to-day right now.”
Much like with injured teammate Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals are hesitant to put him on the disabled list if his condition could improve in the short term.
“If he can play tonight, I want him to play tonight. If he can play tomorrow, I want him to play tomorrow. He’d be back after seven days, which is what we’d lose him for.”
Listen to Rizzo’s full pre-game discussion with the media: