Bryce Harper Helped Off Field After Suffering Scary Knee Injury

Casey Dawson
August 14, 2017

Harper has a significant bone bruise in his left knee but no ligament damage, general manager Mike Rizzo said.

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.

Harper suffered a bone bruise injury in his knee during the play in Saturday's game. While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield, Harper avoided contract with first baseman Ryder Jones before his left foot slipped on the base.

While Harper's loss is a blow to the Nationals' lineup, it's certainly not the worst-case scenario for their star hitter.

Due to a rain delay, the 7:05 p.m. EST start time didn't occur until 10:06 p.m. EST. The 2015 National League MVP is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI.

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Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson added: "When you see a calibre of player like that, or any player, go down like that, you hope for the best".

The 28-year-old Virginia native had a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning on Wednesday, leading San Francisco to its fourth win in five outings with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

That caused Harper's leg to buckle as he went airborne before falling to the ground as his helmet went flying. With the rainout on Friday and the Giants not returning to Washington 2017, Saturday's game was a must for the two teams.

Washington scored two runs in the last of the first take a 2-1 lead even though Harper was injured in the process.

Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers. They will be opposed by Giants RHP Chris Stratton (0-2, 6.63) and LHP Matt Moore (3-12, 5.88).

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