Sport Bryce Harper injured in Giants-Nationals opener

07:01  13 august  2017
07:01  13 august  2017 Source:   San Francisco Chronicle

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Washington lost Trea Turner to a fractured right wrist on Thursday afternoon, and then last night, early in the Nationals ’ series opener in St. Louis, Bryce Harper fell down once he passed first base running out a ground ball after the Cardinals got a force at second base.

WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper, the best all-around player in the National League and the main force in the Washington Nationals’ pursuit of their first World Series title, was carried off the field Saturday night with an apparent left knee injury.

Harper was running out a first-inning grounder to Giants first baseman Ryder Jones and stretched with his left leg to the bag, only to slip on the slick surface and collapse, his leg hyperextending and his foot sliding onto the dirt.

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Bryce Aron Max Harper (born October 16, 1992) is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighs 230 pounds (100 kg).

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper charged San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland in the eighth inning of the teams' game Monday, leading to a bench-clearing brawl between the clubs. The Nationals went on to claim a 3-0 victory in the series opener .

Harper went airborne and landed on his hands and immediately clutched his knee as fans at Nationals Park held their collective breath. Harper needed help getting up and was carried off the field by hitting coach Rick Schu and trainer Paul Lessard, the Nationals’ postseason hopes resting largely on the All-Star right fielder.

The base was slippery following a 3-hour, 1-minute rain delay. Friday’s scheduled opener was postponed because of rain, so the first pitch of the series, Edwin Jackson to Denard Span, was delivered 27 hours late.

Jones beat Harper to the base, and pitcher Jeff Samardzija lunged out of the way at the last moment to avoid contact. The Nationals scored two quick runs after Harper departed on Ryan Zimmerman’s double and Daniel Murphy’s single.

Nats' Harper leaves game with apparent left knee injury

  Nats' Harper leaves game with apparent left knee injury 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 .

In the eighth inning of Monday's game between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants at San Francisco's AT&T Park, Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland slammed a 98-mph fastball into Bryce Harper 's hip

Bryce Harper started a benching-clearing brawl against San Francisco Giants . Both landed punches before being separated and ejected from the series opener on Monday. Washington Nationals ' Daniel Murphy (No 20) tries to restrain the pair during the eighth inning.

The Giants scored in the top of the first on Joe Panik’s home run.

In the second inning, center fielder Brian Goodwin took Harper’s spot in right and Andrew Stevenson entered to play center. Harper has a .326 average with 26 homers and 81 RBIs.

It’s the first series between the teams since the May 29 brawl in San Francisco between Harper and Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. Both players were suspended, Strickland for six games and Harper for three.

John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Email: jshea@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JohnSheaHey

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