Nationals RF Harper out indefinitely with bone bruise on knee

Nationals RF Harper out indefinitely with bone bruise on knee

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told reporters that an MRI exam showed no tendon or ligament damage, "which is pretty remarkable in my mind, just seeing the type of injury he had".

WASHINGTON -The scenario didn't look good at all for the Washington Nationals when Bryce Harper hit the first-base bag and tumbled onto the ground in the last of the first inning late Saturday night. He was unable to put weight on his left leg following the incident and had to be carried off the field by team trainers.

Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes.

The Nationals are running away with the division despite those injuries and more to starters Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, relievers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover and shortstop Trea Turner, but a long-term injury to Harper would be far more trouble to Washington's postseason hopes.

Panik's home run was the only offense San Francisco managed against the first-place team in the National League East, as the Giants failed to build off the momentum they gained from back-to-back series wins over the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs.

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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. This season, Harper's hitting.327/.420/.616 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI and 92 runs scored. Harper is slashing.327/.420/.616 on the season.

Harper suffered a bone bruise injury in his knee during the play in Saturday's game.

The Nationals won the clash against the Giants with a 3-1 triumph.

The injury to Harper opens up playing time in the outfield but would present a hard challenge if he's not ready by the start of the post-season. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

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