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Nationals' OF Bryce Harper avoids serious injury

14 August 2017, 01:11 | Marta Robbins

Nationals' OF Bryce Harper avoids serious injury

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"We dodged a bullet here", said Rizzo, who also noted that it was "pretty remarkable" that Harper avoided a more significant injury to the ligaments or tendon in his knee.

Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is now tied for the Major League lead with 14 two-strike home runs this season and leads the MLB with 12 first-inning longballs.

Jackson got the nod last Saturday in place of Gio Gonzalez (paternity list), overcoming a four-run first inning to work four more clean frames in a 7-4 setback at the Chicago Cubs.

When Bryce Harper couldn't put any weight on his left leg when he was helped off the field, the worst-case scenario certainly seemed realistic. "I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly", Baker said.

The Nationals placed Harper on the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee.

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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. "We're just hoping for the best".

Washington scored two runs in the last of the first take a 2-1 lead even though Harper was injured in the process.

Nationals' manager Dusty Baker announced after the game that Harper hyper-extended his knee and will undergo an MRI, according to MLB.com reporter Jamal Collier. His leg buckled, he went airborne and fell to the ground as his helmet went flying. The question becomes what happens if Harper misses playoff time. The Washington Nationals have tabbed veteran right hander Max Scherzer as the starter against the San Francisco Giants.



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