Nationals get 'a glimmer of hope' on Bryce Harper

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

The 24-year-old Harper is a five-time All-Star and was the National League MVP in 2015. Washington has around two months until the postseason begins, so that gives Harper plenty of time to get back to 100 percent.

Rizzo cautioned that "the bone bruise is real" and that the team has the luxury of being extra cautious because of its 14½-game lead in the NL East. Jones jumped to his feet and raced to the bag to beat Harper by a step and a half, but when Harper did reach the bag, disaster ensued.

Baker refrained from criticizing the league, saying the teams "were kind of at the mercy of the schedule". Harper is certainly someone the Nationals need in order to compete in October.

Harper is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs in 106 games and 402 at-bats for the first-place Nationals.

Edwin Jackson of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on August 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Scherzer comes off of a 3-2 win (ND) versus the Miami Marlins where he allowed both runs and struck out nine in seven frames.

Harper was walking around without a limp after the game, which is definitely a good sign, but ACL injuries are tricky in that sometimes they can go nearly completely unnoticed. Bochy spoke to reporters before the announcement was made.

Fears were raised after his leg hyper-extension, but Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo revealed that there was no serious damage.

Harper's loss will be felt by a team that is on pace to win 97 games yet will enter October as nobody's favorite because of the historic dominance that has happened at Dodger Stadium this season. "It is good to see him walking around" the clubhouse.

That caused Harper's leg to buckle as he went airborne before falling to the ground as his helmet went flying.

Harper is under contract through next season and can be a free agent in the winter of 2018.

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