(Bryce Harper, in happier times, meets with reporters. Screengrab of CSNWashington.com.)
Nats media guide coverboy and GM Mike Rizzo explained the extent of Bryce Harper's left ankle sprain to reporters Tuesday afternoon. Whatever you do, don't refer to the injury as a mild sprain:
"It's not a mild sprain. It's called a medium sprain, but everything checked out fine. It's similar to what Brown went through."
(Mike Rizzo, via Nationals.com, 3/22/2011)
And Corey Brown went on to miss 3+ weeks, right? But don't cancel that April 7 road trip to Rome, GA for Harper's minor league debut just yet: MASN's Byron Kerr has a minor league Nats source who says Harper should be back in 4 or 5 days:
A minor league official with knowledge of the situation is more specific about Harper's possible return, saying the Nats' top prospect is, "doing okay and should be back in four or five days."
(via Byron Kerr/MASNSports.com, 3/22/2011)
In other words, Bryce Harper could return from his not-mild-but-medium sprain anywhere from four days to three weeks. Guess that's what they mean by day-to-day? On second thought, better cancel that April 7 road trip to Rome.
On an unrelated note: Enjoy the following video of Harper lining one off Bo Porter during batting practice a few weeks ago when the kid was still in Big League camp: