Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper suffers ugly-looking knee injury

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper suffers ugly-looking knee injury

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper suffers ugly-looking knee injury

Jackson, was able to stay composed despite an apparent knee injury to Bryce Harper in the bottom of the first inning, which initially sucked the life out of Nationals Park as Harper was assisted off the field.

Bryce Harper carried off the field. Washington, despite having already used 12 outfielders this season due to injuries to Adam Eaton, Jayson Werth and Michael Taylor, have a 14 1/2-game lead in the division.

The San Francisco Giants lost a rain-soaked contest against the Washington Nationals on Saturday night, but it was the Nationals that took the bigger long-term hit on a rain-soaked evening in the nation's capital.

Harper was hustling for a base hit, but went down and could not put any weight on the leg.

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The news is perhaps the best possible for the Nationals after Harper's injury on Saturday night, as his foot slipped off a wet first base as he was trying to beat out an infield single, and it slid awkwardly onto the infield directly below.

But whether Harper, a leading NL MVP candidate and arguably baseball's biggest star, will be around to fuel the playoff run in the heart of the order is now uncertain. A bruise! Maybe Harper will be back out there in another week or two! .

What would a prolonged injury mean for the Nationals? He threw a lot of pitches. "He's definitely one of those guys that you can't replace on a team". The first game takes place at 1:05 p.m. ET, with the second meeting set for 7:05 p.m. ET.

The start of the game was delayed three hours, one minute by rain Saturday and there was a light rain in the first inning. "I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly", Baker said. 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.

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