Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper suffers ugly-looking knee injury

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper suffers ugly-looking knee injury

Fears were raised after his leg hyper-extension, but Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo revealed that there was no serious damage.

The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals renew acquaintances on Saturday for the first time since reliever Hunter Strickland drilled superstar Bryce Harper in the hip with a 98-mph fastball that sparked a brawl in late May.

Rizzo diagnosed the bone bruise as significant but said he is optimistic that Harper will return later this season.

Harper lunged toward first base and appeared to slide on the bag, hyperextending his left leg.

As the 24-year-old was running out a ground ball to the right of the infield, he avoided contact with first baseman Ryder Jones before his left foot slipped. Harper is slashing.327/.420/.616 on the season.

The Nationals and Giants game had already been delayed for several hours due to rain, so Nationals fans were already a little annoyed.

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"He's definitely one of those guys that you can't replace on a team".

But the pitching of Jackson and hitting of Lind was overshadowed by the Harper injury.

NOTES: Giants RHP Mark Melancon, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning, was activated off the disabled list and INF Miguel Gomez (right knee inflammation) was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 9.

Harper eventually needed to be carried off the field.

But the game is unlikely to have an impact on the playoff race, as the Nationals lead the NL East by 14½ games and the Giants are out of contention.

Harper suffered a hyper-extended knee, according to Washington manager Dusty Baker. Right now, the Nats are out of healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster since Michael Taylor and Jayson Werth are on the disabled list as well.

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