Nationals' Bryce Harper could return by the end of June

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper received good news during his visit with Dr. James Andrews, as there doesn't appear to be any major structural damage involved with his ailing knee. Still, Dr. Ray Solano (@DrRaySolano) believes the Nationals should shut him down for the time being to avoid further injury. Based on Dr. Solano's prognosis, he could see Harper returning to Washington's lineup at the end of the month.

Here's more from Dr. Solano:

Bryce Harper has met with Dr. James Andrews for his scheduled appointment. As reported by Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post, one person familiar with the visit said the injury that has sidelined Harper since May 27 will not lead to long-term damage. This would confirm the fact that there is no structural compromise of the knee. This would leave two scenarios present based on the facts we know at this time.

1) The knee will require drainage and additional rest to heal.
2) The worst-case scenario is that repeated knee swelling will lead to a surgical removal of the bursa sac.

The worst of the two scenarios is what the Nationals will want to avoid in order to have Harper return to play sooner than later. The only way this can happen is if he stays shut down for the time being. I expect Harper to make a return to the lineup at the end of this month, barring any setbacks. Sometimes when dealing with sports injuries, the best prescription is rest. Harper's health and longevity in the sport is what's at risk. No one can put a price tag on that.

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