Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent knee injury

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was removed from Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent left knee injury.

In the bottom of the first inning, Bryce Harper hit a ground ball to first base and sprinted to the bag, racing past starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. His leg buckled, he went airborne and fell to the ground.

Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers. Hitting coach Rick Schu and trainer Paul Lessard then helped him off the field.

The game began just after 10 p.m. following a 3-hour rain delay.

He was replaced defensively by Brian Goodwin, who shifted to right field with Andrew Stevenson taking Harper's place in the lineup.

The Nationals lead the Giants 2-1 after one inning thanks to a RBI double by Ryan Zimmerman and run-scoring single from Daniel Murphy, but now the Nationals await word on the extent of the injury to Harper. 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. He played in 103 of Washington's first 113 games.

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