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Nationals Bryce Harper carried off field with apparent knee injury

ST. LOUIS MO- JUNE 30 Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper at bat during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tim Spyers Icon Sportswire
Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 10:46

Bryce Harper appeared to injure his left knee when he slipped on a wet first base, a potentially devastating blow to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.

During the first inning of the Nationals' game against the visiting San Francisco Giants, star outfielder Bryce Harper's leg buckled as he touched first base. This certainly seems like the type of injury that could mean the end of Harper's 2017 campaign.

Haper stayed on the ground in serious pain, and had to be helped off the field.

The start of the game was delayed 3 hours, 1 minute by rain Saturday and there was a light rain in the top of the first inning.

Harper slipped on the bag, had to be helped off field.

Harper was unable to put weight on his leg and was carried off the field by his hitting coach and the team trainer. Major League Baseball, not the Nationals, decided if and when the game would be played because the Giants don't return to Washington this season. He played in 105 of Washington's first 113 games. It was reminiscent of the scene in the same area behind first base on April 29, when Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton sustained a season-ending knee injury, also trying to beat out a groundball.

This story will be updated.