Sport Nats' Harper leaves game with apparent left knee injury

06:00  13 august  2017
06:00  13 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Nats ' Harper strains hamstring on awkward fall. Washington Nationals. "I've had problems with my left knee before -- I've had surgery on it," Harper said after the game .

Harper has dealt with a left knee injury in the past, but it was his right knee that appeared to be injured on Monday night. A week's worth of games later - against the Braves, Pirates and Phillies, no less - and the Nats don't look nearly as stainless.

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, second from right, is helped off the field after he was injured during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © (AP Photo/Nick Wass Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, second from right, is helped off the field after he was injured during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper has left the Washington Nationals' game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent left knee injury.

While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning Friday night, Harper stepped on first base, avoided contact with first baseman Ryder Jones and fell to the ground. Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers.

Harper put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field by hitting coach Rick Schu and head athletic trainer Paul Lessard.

Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, is hitting .327 with 26 home runs and 81 RBIs this season.

The game began just after 10 p.m. following a 3-hour rain delay. Harper was replaced by Andrew Stevenson.

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Bryce Harper injured in Nationals' win over Giants .
Bryce Harper sustained what appeared to be a serious left knee injury when he slipped on a wet first base and his left leg buckled while running out a grounder early in the Washington Nationals' 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. BOX SCORE: NATIONALS 3, GIANTS 1 The 4 best airline credit cards for 2017 Do You Qualify? Sponsored by CompareCards Harper clutched at his knee while on the wet field and put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off. The 2015 NL MVP left the game immediately, and manager Dusty Baker said Harper hyperextended his knee.

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