Bryce Harper suffers knee injury in Saturday's game

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

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 had been delayed due to heavy rains and it still was sprinkling when the game began. Assuming Harper doesn't hit any snags in the rehab process, he could be looking at a return to the field sometime in mid- to late September.

The Nats now hold a 14-game lead in the National League East and have the third best record in baseball overall, so even if they lose Harper for the rest of the regular season, it's not likely they fall to the bottom of the rankings.

The Washington Nationals have provided the Bryce Harper injury update that Major League Baseball fans were waiting for.

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Harper required assistance off the field after he slipped on the top of first base awkwardly while trying to beat out an infield grounder during his first at-bat of the game.

OUR PREDICTION: The Giants have dropped six of their last seven games in Washington, are 0-5 in their last five games versus the Nationals, and are 1-6 in their last seven road games versus a team with a winning home record. "There is a significant bone bruise when he hyperextended the knee, so although we feel like we dodged a bullet a bit here with any long-term ligament and tendon damage".

After the Harper injury, Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Daniel Murphy singled to put the Washington Nationals up 2-1, but the result tonight is small compared to what happened with Harper. He threw a lot of pitches. Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes after making the second out. "I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly", Baker said. Kolko also added Michael A. Taylor will come off the disabled list to take Harper's spot on the roster while the latter heads to the DL.

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