Harper has bone bruise, Nats hopeful he's back this season

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

The play was not pretty. They are bound to be upset and anxious now. He struck out five batters, walked one and surrendered five base hits, including a solo home run by second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning. We're just urging everybody out there that are Nationals fans and baseball fans to say a prayer for him tonight because he was in obvious pain out there. 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. The precipitation, however, continued through the first inning. And they won't have a rested starter to take the ball on Wednesday.

Bochy and Baker both have 1,835 career wins following the first game of the series, which the Nationals won, 3-1.

The Nationals are 45-43 when Harper is on the DL.

Zimmerman had an RBI double and Daniel Murphy drove in a run with a single after Harper, the third batter for the Nationals, left the game.

When his foot touched down on first base, Harper took a dramatic tumble, and immediately began clutching his knee. The top four in their starting rotation have avoided major problems, though Stephen Strasburg is one of Washington's 11 players on the disabled list. Earlier this year Adam Eaton was hurt on a similar play at first base and the Nationals are also without Jayson Werth, Ryan Raburn and Michael Taylor.

But there are worse things than waiting through rain delays and postponements. "I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly". Melancon has been on the disabled list with a right forearm strain since June 28 and had two strikeouts in an inning during a rehab assignment with Class-A San Jose on Wednesday.

Moore is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against Washington and Stratton has never faced the Nationals.

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