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.