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Hip inflammation keeps Harper on sidelines

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Monday's news could have been worse for the Washington Nationals.

An inflamed left hip will keep outfielder Bryce Harper out of Monday's and Tuesday's games against the New York Mets, reported.

While taking batting practice on Saturday, Harper crumpled to the ground in obvious pain, multiple outlets reported.

"It's something we need to aggressively attack," Manager Davey Johnson told The Washington Post. "We've been kind of treating it as a slight hip strain. But obviously, it's something more serious than that. We need to fix it, and he needs to finish the year strong."

Johnson, on Sunday, said it is possible that Harper's injury-plagued sophomore season would be over. But after Monday's diagnosis, it appears possible the 20-year-old Harper might be able to return to help the Nationals make a push toward a National League wild-card spot.

On the season, Harper is hitting .273 with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs.

Doctors are unsure exactly how Harper injured his hip, but his manager blames it on his young star's regimen.

"He aggravated it swinging," Johnson told The Post. "He comes and hits early and then he hits in BP and then he comes back in here and hits more.

"I was a little upset that he keeps swinging instead of just resting and playing. He's still young and exuberant and has his own routine. Hopefully he'll get fixed and be fine in New York."

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