WASHINGTON -- Star outfielder Bryce Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Washington Nationals on Sunday with a sprained left thumb. The move is 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 on Monday to see prominent hand specialist Thomas Graham for a second opinion. For now, his proscribed 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 (see full story)."
Reds: Chapman makes 'big step' in recovery
ATLANTA -- The Cincinnati Reds placed catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left hamstring, and injured closer Aroldis Chapman made a "big step" in his recovery from facial fractures.
Mesoraco hurt his hamstring while scoring from second in Friday night's 5-4 loss at Atlanta.
Chapman was hit by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 19, breaking his nose and a bone above his left eye. The left-hander looked strong while throwing 43 pitches in batting practice before Saturday night's game against the Braves.
The session was divided into two "innings," separated by a five-minute break (see full story).
Twins: Minor leaguer Hinojosa suspended
NEW YORK -- Minnesota Twins infielder Jonatan Hinojosa has been suspended for 50 games following a positive drug test under baseball's minor league drug program.
The 21-year-old player is on the roster of Cedar Rapids of the Class A Midwest League. The commissioner's office said Saturday he tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone.
Twenty-three players have been suspended this year under the minor league drug program. Under that program, the penalty for an initial PEDs testing violation increases to 80 games for samples collected after April 1.
Hinojosa hit .236 with 15 RBIs and 10 steals for the Gulf Coast League Twins last year and was 0 for 3 on Wednesday in his only game for Cedar Rapids.