Nationals RF Harper out indefinitely with bone bruise on knee

Nationals RF Harper out indefinitely with bone bruise on knee

Nationals RF Harper out indefinitely with bone bruise on knee

"I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly", Baker said.

Although the Nationals hold a strong 14-game lead in the NL East and look locked to win the division, the playoffs are no easy task, especially without Harper.

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. A long-term injury benefits no one, so the only thing to do right now is hope for the best. It's been a long year for the Giants who have been struggling since after the 2016 All Star game and have done so in 2017 and the National League West is not a division to struggle in.

Harper was making an MVP case for himself before the injury with a slash line of.326/.419/.614 to go with 29 home runs and 87 RBI.

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Washington did not advance a runner to scoring position until the seventh. Harper was attempting to beat out a ground ball, but when his foot hit the wet base, his knee jerked violently and he immediately fell to the ground and started clutching his left knee in pain.

Nationals' manager Dusty Baker announced after the game that Harper hyper-extended his knee and will undergo an MRI, according to MLB.com reporter Jamal Collier. The Nationals now lead the Giants 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning.

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. The good thing is he's young and strong.

Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers. The game will be in Woodbridge, Va., against the Salem (Va.) Red Sox, a farm team of Boston. It'll be Matt Moore and right-hander Max Scherzer in the nightcap.

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