Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Bryce Harper Leaves Game vs. Giants with Knee Injury

Bryce Harper Leaves Game vs. Giants with Knee Injury

In the bottom of the first inning, Bryce Harper hit a ground ball to first base and sprinted to the bag, racing past starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

The Friday game between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals was rained out after a steady rain in the nation's capital most of the evening.

Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers. Harper was not putting any weight on his leg.

Saturday's game started after a three-hour rain delay in D.C., and it's unclear how much the damp conditions affected the basepaths. The injury occurred when Harper attempted to beat out a groundball to the first baseman.

Andrew Stevenson took over in center field and Brian Goodwin moved to right field.

He is among the National League's leaders in batting average, home runs and RBIs this season. The big boppers in the middle of the order have stayed relatively healthy and the top four in the rotation have avoided major problems, though Stephen Strasburg is one of Washington's 11 players on the disabled list.

Because of a bevy of injuries, the Nationals have used 12 outfielders this season. The first-place Nationals are 68-45.

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