DENVER — Nationals OF Bryce Harper received a cortisone injection in his swollen left knee and will wear a brace to ensure he rests the joint.
Harper was given the shot after he visited noted orthopedist James Andrews on Monday in Pensacola. Trainer Lee Kuntz said Tuesday that Harper will rest the knee for a week.
Kuntz said that Andrews confirmed that Harper, who is on the 15-day disabled list, has patellar bursitis.
Harper was photographed with his knee wrapped and wearing a heavy brace, setting off Internet speculation that he had surgery. Kuntz reiterated that was not the case.
BOSOX ACE SIDELINED: Clay Buchholz's next start for the Red Sox will be pushed back by at least two days. The right-hander, 9-0 with a majors-best 1.71 ERA, left Saturday's game against the Angels with neck tightness.
FARMHAND SITS: The Cubs suspended Triple-A INF Ian Stewart without pay for an indefinite period after he criticized the organization on Twitter.
ANGELS: RHP Robert Coello went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Former Rays RHP Dane De La Rosa was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.
GIANTS: 3B Pablo Sandoval, the reigning World Series MVP, went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left foot. INF Nick Noonan was recalled from Triple-A Fresno.
MARINERS: C Mike Zunino, a former University of Florida standout and the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, was called up from Triple-A Tacoma.
PIRATES: LHP Wandy Rodriguez went on the 15-day disabled list because of tightness in his forearm.