Nationals' OF Bryce Harper avoids serious injury

  • Nationals' OF Bryce Harper avoids serious injury

Nationals' OF Bryce Harper avoids serious injury

"The good news is that there's no ligament or tendon damage, which is pretty remarkable in my mind just seeing the type of injury that he had", Rizzo said. Harper was injured Saturday when he slipped on a wet first base, and Rizzo said the Nationals hope the star outfielder can return this season. Harper's leg buckled, he went airborne, and he fell to the ground as his helmet went flying.

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. Harper has been relatively healthy this season and missed just three days with mild groin soreness back in May.

The game had been delayed due to heavy rains and it still was sprinkling when the game began.

Manager Dusty Baker said after the game that everybody had the same reaction.

Washington Nationals' Brian Goodwin, right, steals second against San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, left, during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Washington.

MASN reporter Dan Kolko tweeted a positive message for the Nationals and their fans after the game about Harper. Given injuries to Harper, Stephen Strasburg - who has a rehab assignment Monday - and others, the Nationals' focus is getting healthy for the playoffs.

Giants players were already in street clothes talking to family and friends and walking toward the team buses before the game was announced as postponed. Kolko also added Michael A. Taylor will come off the disabled list to take Harper's spot on the roster while the latter heads to the DL. For the 2015 National League MVP, any long-term injury would impact his future earnings. Andrew Stevenson replaced Harper in the team's lineup. "You're just thinking, 'Please, Lord, don't let it be serious'".