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Could Bryce Harper Be Shut Down For Season?

Bryce Harper's hamstring injury has yet to be evaluated, but perhaps one of the Washington Nationals' courses of action could be to shut down their top prospect for the rest of the season.

Byron Kerr of thinks that it is a viable option:

The Nationals could decide to shut Harper down for the season if they deem the injury to be serious. The Senators have 18 games remaining on the regular season schedule. Harrisburg is also in a dogfight in the western division for a playoff berth, leading Bowie by two games at 70-54.

The 2011 Arizona Fall League opening game for the Scottsdale Scorpions is Oct. 4. If the Nationals want Harper to play for Scottsdale again, that would give him at least 45 days before that game.

Harper has a combined 17 home runs and 58 RBIs for Hagerstown and Harrisburg as he continues to work his way through the Nationals' system. It's been made widely known that Harper will most likely not see time with the big club this season, so giving him time to recover might be the best thing for a team that already has its top player - Stephen Strasburg - currently rehabbing.