Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Sprained thumb sends Nationals star Harper to DL

WASHINGTON — The Nationals placed star LF Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of a sprained left thumb, retroactive to Saturday.

Harper hurt his hand with a head-first slide into third base Friday night after hitting a third-inning, bases-loaded triple in Washington's 11-1 victory. He stayed in the game for an inning before he was replaced.

"It's part of baseball. You slide into the bag and sometimes you get your fingers," Harper said. "It's a bummer, but hopefully I'll be back soon."

Harper will fly to Cleveland today to see prominent hand specialist Thomas Graham for a second opinion. For now, his treatment is ice.

"Hopefully 15 days go by, and I can get back out there," Harper said. "We'll see how I feel in 15."

O'S STAR TO DL: The Orioles put 1B Chris Davis on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Saturday, with a strained left oblique. Davis led the majors last season with 53 homers and 138 RBIs.

BREWERS: OF Ryan Braun and SS Jean Segura were out of the lineup a day after getting injured. Braun had a slight chest muscle strain, and Segura had a partially closed right eye and bruised right cheek after being struck when Braun was swinging his bat on the dugout steps.

DODGERS: X-rays were negative on SS Hanley Ramirez's injured right thumb, and he's considered day to day with a bruise.

PIRATES: The team is hopeful that LHP Francisco Liriano, taken out of Saturday's game with flulike symptoms and dizziness, will be able to make his next start.

TIGERS: RHP Anibal Sanchez went on the 15-day DL because of a blister problem. RHP Justin Miller was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

YANKEES: LF Brett Gardner and 2B Yangervis Solarte sat out with injuries. Gardner had a sore left foot, and Solarte was scratched because of a sore right shoulder.

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