Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Nats' Bryce Harper leaves game with left knee injury

Nats' Bryce Harper leaves game with left knee injury

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper appears to have avoided serious injury Saturday night after slipping on first base during the team's 3-1 win over San Francisco.

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. Harper slipped on the bag and his leg stretched out in an awkward position, landing hard and remaining on the ground.

Harper was helped off the field, while putting no weight on his left leg. Harper has been relatively healthy this season and missed just three days with mild groin soreness back in May.

Many of the Nationals fans who stayed around after a three-hour rain delay saw possible postseason hopes become bleak.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker came out of the dugout with his hands sitting on his cap in disbelief.

The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals will play a split doubleheader on Sunday after their series opener Friday night was postponed.

Harper is expected to speak to reporters on Sunday afternoon.

The Giants recalled utilityman Orlando Calixte to be their extra man. Games start at 10:05 a.m. PDT and 4:05 p.m. PDT.

"He's definitely one of those guys that you can't replace on a team. I think it's best that he doesn't start", Baker said Thursday.

Edwin Jackson of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on August 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Madson got a huge assist in the ninth from rookie left fielder Stevenson.

Nationals: OF Michael Taylor was activated from the 10-day DL after missing 29 games with a right oblique strain.

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