Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nats' Bryce Harper leaves game with left knee injury

Nats' Bryce Harper leaves game with left knee injury

The Giants (46-70) are almost 35 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, and the Nationals (68-45) are 15 games ahead in the National League East after a 3-2 win on Thursday at home against the Miami Marlins. The play was not pretty.

Saturday's home game began just after 10 p.m. ET, following a three-hour rain delay, and it was raining steadily when Harper's injury happened. They are bound to be upset and anxious now. On the other side, the Nationals are 5-1 in their last six games overall, are 5-1 in their last six home games, and are 16-6 in their last 22 games versus National League West opponents.

Harper was in severe and obvious pain, sending baseball fans into a frenzy, many believing the injury was a torn ACL. Boasting a 14.5 game lead in the NL East, Washington can afford to take it slow with Harper from here on out. "But it's a pitch that I've used - a pitch that I can definitely use more in the repertoire and add it to the arsenal to get hitters off the fastball and cutters and the slider".

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Harper left after his left foot slipped on the first base bag as he tried to beat out a ground ball to first baseman Ryder Jones.

Buster Posey and Hunter Pence will rest in Game 1 as Bruce Bochy goes left-heavy against right-hander A.J. Cole. That's what we usually do when things are in a bad way.

Harper walking up the stairs provided some hope, and an MRI revealed what the Washington Nationals hope is season-saving news. The good thing is he's young and strong. The Washington Nationals have tabbed veteran right hander Max Scherzer as the starter against the San Francisco Giants. Fellow outfielder Michael Taylor (right oblique strain) was activated from the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move and will assume Harper's spot on the active roster for the time being.

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