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Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, PES, LAT). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Bryce Harper

The Nationals are preparing to play their interleague series against the Orioles without the services of their All-Star outfielder. Harper has remained limited after crashing into the outfield wall in Dodger Stadium on May 13. He was cleared for a concussion and needed stitches to close a laceration on his chin but was back in the lineup two days later. However his knee also hit the wall and has continued to give him problems. RotoWire's own Bernie Pleskoff noted Sunday that Harper seemed less than a 100 percent and turns out he was dead on. A new MRI revealed an inflamed bursa sac within the joint and he was not in the lineup Monday.

Bursa are fluid-filled sacs located throughout the body that serve to reduce friction in joints, particularly between bone and muscle. Think of a bursa sac like the ball bearing of the body. These sacs are vulnerable to direct blows, particularly in the elbow and knee. Following a collision the bursa can swell lea

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