WASHINGTON — The swelling in Bryce Harper's left knee has not responded to anti-inflammatories, so the Washington outfielder will see a specialist next week and won't be coming off the disabled list on Tuesday, when he is eligible.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Harper visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on the knee that has been troublesome ever since the 20-year-old slugger ran into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13.
"We've just got to get the swelling out," Johnson said. "We haven't been real successful with our treatment here."
Johnson said there's not enough fluid in the knee to drain it and that surgery to remove the bursa sac would be a "last resort."
The news is the latest health blow to the Nationals. The club's other marquee young star, Stephen Strasburg, was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained muscle in the lower back.
Mets-Nats: Rain postponed Thursday's game in Washington. It will be made up as part of day-night doubleheader July 26.
Peavy out: The White Sox placed Jake Peavy, 32, on the 15-day DL with a fracture of the fourth anterior left rib. He is expected to miss at least the next 4-6 weeks. Peavy left after 2 1/3 innings of Tuesday's start, a day after he felt something wrong in his ribs while playing catch. He thought he could pitch through the discomfort. … The White Sox were without manager Robin Ventura on Thursday and will be without him again today so he can attend his daughter's graduation in California. Bench coach Mark Parent will manage.
Orioles: OF Nick Markakis is expected to rejoin the team today after missing two games to attend his grandmother's funeral.
Yankees: SS Derek Jeter, hasn't played since breaking his left ankle in the playoffs last year, will have his injury examined next week and hopes to be cleared to increase his baseball activities. Jeter moved his rehab back from New York to Tampa.