Nationals' Bryce Harper avoids knee ligament injury

Marie Harrington
August 14, 2017

Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo said the outfielder suffered the injury on Saturday while crossing first base.

While Harper's loss is a blow to the Nationals' lineup, it's certainly not the worst-case scenario for their star hitter. The regular season ends in nine weeks. "He did a job on us", Bochy said of Jackson. It looked like he slipped on the bag. He is a key player for Washington and you hate to see anybody get hurt. He gave up two runs in the first inning and one more in the fifth, walking four total batters and surrendering five hits.

It didn't begin until 10:06 p.m. after another extended weather delay, and it was raining when Harper lost his footing on a base that had water on it. The Nationals are 69-45 and the Giants are 46-71, including 0-4 this year against Washington.

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. He is among the National League's leaders in batting average, home runs and RBIs this season. The question becomes what happens if Harper misses playoff time.

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"He was in obvious pain, and he was praying and I was praying, too".

Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers. The good thing is he's young and strong.

RED SOX 10, YANKEES 5 Former Arkansas Razorback Andrew Benintendi rocketed a pair of three-run home runs off All-Star Luis Severino and visiting Boston bounced back from a tough loss, roughing up NY. The Washington Nationals have tabbed veteran right hander Max Scherzer as the starter against the San Francisco Giants.

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