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Bryce Harper Injury Dubbed A 'Medium Sprain' Of Ankle, Could Miss Season Opener

The good news for the Washington Nationals is that Bryce Harper's injury does not appear to be serious. That said, there still is a chance that he could miss his season opener for Class A Hagerstown, according to CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman.

Harper suffered what general manager Mike Rizzo called a "medium sprain" of his left ankle during a minor-league Spring Training game on Monday. Rizzo likened the injury to one Corey Brown suffered on March 1, but did not commit to a timetable for Harper's return. Brown has yet to appear in a game since, even after being sent to Minor League camp.

Harper's debut with Hagerstown is scheduled for April 7, which is two and a half weeks away. His home debut with the Minor League club is on April 15. While it's too early to determine a timetable, it appears that there is a pretty good chance he will not be healthy by the start of the season.