Bryce Harper Helped Off Field After Suffering Scary Knee Injury

Evrard Martin
Août 14, 2017

If the injury is as bad as it looked, the Washington Nationals' postseason chances may have just taken a serious hit.

Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals' 3-1 win against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday in the first inning after slipping on first base, and it's unknown how much time he might miss.

The game ended around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday with a few hundred fans in the stands after a long rain delay before the first pitch. It's been a long year for the Giants who have been struggling since after the 2016 All Star game and have done so in 2017 and the National League West is not a division to struggle in. The 2015 NL MVP is 10-for-28 with two homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored in his last seven contests, but went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts during Washington's three-game sweep of San Francisco. Nationals' general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that he doesn't believe the injury is season-ending, but doesn't have a clear timetable in mind for Harper's recovery just yet. "I hope he's alright", Jones said. The Giants (46-70) are almost 35 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, and the Nationals (68-45) are 15 games ahead in the National League East after a 3-2 win on Thursday at home against the Miami Marlins.

But the pitching of Jackson and hitting of Lind was overshadowed by the Harper injury.

Washington won the game 3-1.

Should Strickland and Harper face off this weekend, it's unlikely that any fireworks would take place. The Nationals are 69-45 and the Giants are 46-71, including 0-4 this year against Washington. He struck out five batters, walked one and surrendered five base hits, including a solo home run by second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning. The All-Star has been sidelined since leaving his July 23 start at Arizona after two innings. "I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly", Baker said. This season, with the Giants off in a ditch, Baker is set to pass him once more. The good thing is he's young and strong. 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.

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