Nats' Harper leaves game with apparent left knee injury

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper left the first inning of Saturday's game with an apparent knee injury. Harper's left cleat appeared to slip on the wet first base bag as he leaned forward to try to beat Giants first baseman Ryder Jones.

Harper remained on the ground for a few minutes as the ballpark went silent.

Harper had to be carried off after not being able to put any weight on the leg.

The game had been delayed for three hours because of heavy rains. Harper was replaced by Andrew Stevenson, who took over in centre field with Brian Goodwin moving to right.

Because of a bevy of injuries, the Nationals have used 12 outfielders this season. The big boppers in the middle of the order have stayed relatively healthy and the top four in the rotation have avoided major problems, though Stephen Strasburg is one of Washington's 11 players on the disabled list. They have been without Adam Eaton since late April because of a torn ACL in his left knee that ended his season, Jayson Werth since early June because of a bruised left foot and Michael Taylor since July with a right oblique strain.

Despite the loss of Eaton, Washington entered the start of the game with a 14-game lead over the Miami Marlins in the National League East, with Harper back at the forefront of the MVP discussion.

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