The Washington Times - June 19, 2013, 07:07PM

PHILADELPHIA — Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is getting close to resuming baseball activities, general manager Mike Rizzo said wednesday.

Now eight days removed from a cortisone shot and a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee to help inflammation in his bursa sac subside, Harper is “a couple of days” away from baseball activities, Rizzo said.

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That would be the most significant step for the outfielder in his recovery, but the Nationals still have no firm timetable for when he may be ready to return to the lineup.

“We’re just going to take it day-by-day and see where he is, always, the next day and see how the knee responds to that activity that day,” Rizzo said. “It’s been good progress. That allows us to ramp it up. Now he’ll go from activities to baseball activities, and we’ll build from that.”

Because bursitis can be a recurring condition, Rizzo did say that there are no guarantees that it won’t get inflamed again during the season, but the hope is they can knock it out as best as possible now.

“When it gets stressed and hit again, there’s a possibility it could swell up again,” Rizzo said. “It’s something he’s certainly going to have to monitor and we’ll see if it happens again and if we have to treat it again.”