Bryce Harper suffers bone bruise in knee

Nationals' Bryce Harper avoids knee ligament injury

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told reporters on Sunday morning that Bryce Harper will play again in 2017. Harper is slashing.327/.420/.616 on the season.

Harper has been placed on the disabled list and there is no timetable for his return, but his prognosis is nearly certainly better than the worst fears from Saturday night.

The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals renew acquaintances on Saturday for the first time since reliever Hunter Strickland drilled superstar Bryce Harper in the hip with a 98-mph fastball that sparked a brawl in late May.

He was helped off the field and did not put any weight on his left leg as athletic trainer Paul Lessard and hitting coach Rick Schu helped him to the clubhouse.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker came out of the dugout with his hands sitting on his cap in disbelief. "You're just thinking, 'Please, Lord, don't let it be serious'".


Washington is a head-turning 14.5 games ahead of the Miami Marlins in the National League East and appears comfortably on its way to the postseason.

Jackson (3-2) kept his composure after allowing a solo home run from Giants second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning, and was the winning pitcher in the 3-1 Nats victory.

What would a prolonged injury mean for the Nationals? The 2015 National League MVP is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI. He threw a lot of pitches.

Bochy and Baker both have 1,835 career wins following the first game of the series, which the Nationals won, 3-1. 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. If Harper has that same injury, that would devastate the team's chances of reaching their ultimate goal of a World Series championship.

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