Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Nationals' Bryce Harper Leaves Game With Apparent Knee Injury

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland delivers during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Washington Nationals Sunday Aug. 13 2017 in Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper Leaves Game With Apparent Knee Injury
Kristopher Love | 14 August, 2017, 00:37

General manager Mike Rizzo announced Sunday morning that his star outfielder avoided structural damage to the knee.

The 24-year-old Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is having another outstanding season, hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs in 106 games this season.

While trying to beat out an infield single in the top of the first inning, Bryce Harper slid on first base and landed awkwardly on his left leg. "And we're going to treat him cautiously and hopefully have him back later on this season".

Rain delayed the game for nearly three hours before the team announced it was being called. 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.

Edwin Jackson gave up just one run in six innings to earn a 3-1 win over the Giants on Saturday.

MASN reporter Dan Kolko tweeted a positive message for the Nationals and their fans after the game about Harper.

"You're just thinking, 'Please, Lord, don't let it be serious, '" Baker said.

But the pitching of Jackson and hitting of Lind was overshadowed by the Harper injury. Andrew Stevenson replaced Harper in the team's lineup. The Nationals and Giants are set to play a doubleheader on Sunday. He was carried off the field without putting weight on his left leg. Melancon has been on the disabled list with a right forearm strain since June 28 and had two strikeouts in an inning during a rehab assignment with Class-A San Jose on Wednesday.

The Nationals are running away with the division despite those injuries and more to starters Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, relievers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover and shortstop Trea Turner, but a long-term injury to Harper would be far more trouble to Washington's postseason hopes.