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Bryce Harper Helped Off Field After Suffering Scary Knee Injury

13 August 2017, 11:07 | Charlene Valdez

Bryce Harper Helped Off Field After Suffering Scary Knee Injury

Washington Nationals' Pedro Severino right douses Howie Kendrick after the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants Sunday Aug. 13 2017 in Washington. Kendrick hit a walkoff grand slam in the 11th inning. The Nati

Of course, we have to wait for the official news, but Bryce Harper had to leave tonight's game against the Giants after the first inning due to a leg injury. The play was not pretty. While both insist that they've moved on from the skirmish, there's a chance the two will square off in a more traditional sense in Saturday's opener of a rain-delayed three-game series at Nationals Park, which will conclude with a doubleheader Sunday after Friday's game was postponed. They are bound to be upset and anxious now.

Harper is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs in 106 games and 402 at-bats for the first-place Nationals. "We're optimistic we'll see him this season". The 26-year-old, who replaced veteran Matt Cain in the rotation, allowed three runs on five hits in as many innings. "I couldn't get the ball down in the first inning". He ranks first in home runs, RBI, hits, OBP, slugging percentage, OPS and OPS-plus. Harper slipped on the bag and his leg stretched out in an awkward position, landing hard and remaining on the ground. Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes. The Nationals' training staff and manager Dusty Baker rushed to the field to help Harper off, as Harper was unable to walk off under his own power. This is his first stint on the disabled list since 2014.

Washington is a head-turning 14.5 games ahead of the Miami Marlins in the National League East and appears comfortably on its way to the postseason.


The Nationals lost center fielder Adam Eaton for the season in late April when he also hit the bag in a unusual way at first base at home.

But there are worse things than waiting through rain delays and postponements. Right now, the Nats are out of healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster since Michael Taylor and Jayson Werth are on the disabled list as well. The game will be in Woodbridge, Va., against the Salem (Va.) Red Sox, a farm team of Boston.



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