Sport Bryce Harper injured in Nationals' win over Giants

08:55  13 august  2017
08:55  13 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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 .

SAN FRANCISCO — The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants were engaged in a perfectly pleasant pitchers’ duel on a perfectly pleasant Memorial Day afternoon by the San Francisco Bay when Giants reliever Hunter Strickland decided to revive a three-year-old grudge with a 98-mph

Home » The Associated Press » Sports News » Bryce Harper injured in … 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.

WASHINGTON — 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

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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.

Bryce Harper injured in Giants-Nationals opener

  Bryce Harper injured in Giants-Nationals opener 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. Harper went airborne and landed on his hands and immediately clutched his knee as fans at Nationals Park held their collective breath.

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"He was in obvious pain and he was praying and I was praying, too," said manager Dusty Baker, adding that Harper would have an MRI.

"I'm asking for prayers that it's not serious," Baker said.

The result of the game meant little for Washington, which leads the NL East by 14 ½ games, or San Francisco, which is out of contention. It didn't begin until 10:06 p.m. after another extended weather delay, and it was raining when Harper lost his footing on a base that had water on it.

The Nationals lost catcher Wilson Ramos to a torn ACL in his right knee in late September last season, another noncontact injury that came after a rain delay in Washington.

If Harper is out, it's a more devastating injury to the Nationals' World Series hopes than when Ramos' season ended prematurely a year ago. Harper is hitting .326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs as the most fearsome hitter in the league.

Harper-less Nationals split doubleheader against Giants

  Harper-less Nationals split doubleheader against Giants Howie Kendrick hit a game-ending grand slam in the 11th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Sunday in the finale of a day-night doubleheader. Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman also homered for Washington in the makeup of Friday night's rainout. Max Scherzer struck out 10 in seven innings and Matt Albers (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.San Francisco took the opener 4-2, with Chris Stratton striking out a career-high 10 in 6 2/3 shutout innings.

NOTES: Nationals RF Bryce Harper was ejected for the ninth time in his career. The Giants played without INF/OF Eduardo Nunez, who underwent tests Monday for a possible concussion sustained in a Sunday win over the Atlanta Braves.

Washington Nationals ' Bryce Harper (34) hits San Francisco Giants ' Hunter Strickland in the face after being hit with a pitch in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 29, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Ben Margot.

With Harper out, the Nationals got their offense in the form of RBI doubles from Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Lind, and an RBI single from Daniel Murphy off Giants starter Jeff Samardzjia (7-12).

Right-hander Edwin Jackson (3-2) allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out five in six innings before giving way to Washington's newfound lockdown bullpen trio of Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle.

WHAT IF?

With the Nationals cruising toward another playoff appearance and Lind and Brian Goodwin playing well, manager Dusty Baker was asked what he might do when Jayson Werth (bruised left foot) and Michael Taylor (strained right oblique) are healthy.

"I thought about it but not in-depth because there's so many things that can happen between now and then," Baker said, roughly seven hours before Harper went down. The Nationals have already used 12 outfielders this season.

The Nationals Are Not Very Good at This Whole Rain Delay Thing

  The Nationals Are Not Very Good at This Whole Rain Delay Thing The Nationals were supposed to play the Giants at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park on Friday night . A thunderstorm that had been forecasted postponed the start of the game, and it seems the Nats kept pretty much everyone in the dark from there on out—the game wasn't officially postponed until 9:48, nearly three hours after the initial game time. Say goodbye to debt: 0% intro APR until 2019 Do You Qualify? Sponsored by CompareCards They're putting the tarp on the field at Nationals Park.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) August 11, 2017Rain update: It is still raining. Occasionally, there is lightning.

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper charged San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter "No, not in that situation," Harper said. "Especially since it's been three years and they won the World Series that year. "Like I said, I left the ball over the plate a couple times to him. He's taken advantage of that.

Dusty Baker talked before and after the Nationals ’ win about the four-game suspension for Bryce Harper and putting Monday’s brawl behind them . AUDIO: #Nats Nightly w/@DNicholsSR on # Nationals ' 6-3 win , #WallyBrando #MrJackpots and more after win over # Giants : https

MELANCON BACK

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to make sure Mark Melancon's first appearance off the disabled list didn't come in a high-leverage situation after the $62 million closer missed more than six weeks with a right forearm strain. He was able to do that, as Melancon allowed one hit and had one strikeout against his most recent team in the eighth inning, his first work since June 27.

STRASBURG REHAB

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make a minor league rehab start Monday at Class A Potomac.

Strasburg has been on the disabled list since late July with a right elbow nerve impingement. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said that Strasburg is likely to throw about five innings and 75 pitches in his first rehab outing.

Strasburg took part in a simulated game earlier in the week, and Maddux said the 29-year-old looked "really good" and now has to build up his stamina.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: To make room on the roster for Melancon, the INF Miguel Gomez went on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 9, with right knee inflammation.

Nationals: Strasburg is one of 11 Nationals players currently on the DL, and Baker doesn't want to rush anyone back. Baker said outfielder Taylor doesn't have his timing yet and reliever Shawn Kelley (back) isn't as sharp as trainers would like yet. ... Enny Romero (forearm strain) is playing catch, and Baker said he's hopeful the lefty is back soon.

Power rankings: Dodgers unanimous No. 1; Red Sox rise

  Power rankings: Dodgers unanimous No. 1; Red Sox rise The Los Angeles Dodgers have continued their historic pace. They are now 16-0-3 in their last 19 series, and haven’t lost one since June 5-7 to the Washington.Nationals and remained the top ranked team in USA TODAY Sports' MLB power rankings for the fourth consecutive week. Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox are challenging the Houston Astors for the best record in the American League. From 1 to 30, how they stack up based on voting from our 10-person panel:TEAM.  MOVEMENT1. Los Angeles Dodgers: --►Dodgers haven't lost a series since June 5-7 to Washington.3.

NOTES: Nationals RF Bryce Harper was ejected for the ninth time in his career. The Giants played without INF/OF Eduardo Nunez, who underwent tests Monday for a possible concussion sustained in a Sunday win over the Atlanta Braves.

Harper amassed 8.6 wins above replacement (WAR) over his 2012 and 2013 seasons, at ages 19 and 20. That’s real good for any age. Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) catches a fly ball off the bat of San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (not pictured) in the seventh

UP NEXT

RHP A.J Cole (1-2, 5.63 ERA) starts the day game of a split-doubleheader for the Nationals against Giants RHP Chris Stratton (0-2, 6.63). Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.23) had his choice which game to pitch and preferred night, and he'll face San Francisco LHP Matt Moore (3-12, 5.88).

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