Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Nationals' Bryce Harper avoids knee ligament injury

Nationals' Bryce Harper avoids knee ligament injury

"We just ask for prayers that it's not serious", Baker said after his team's 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants that was overshadowed by the injury to one of baseball's top players. The play was not pretty.

The game began just after 10 p.m. following a 3-hour rain delay. They are bound to be upset and anxious now. The 2015 NL MVP is 10-for-28 with two homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored in his last seven contests, but went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts during Washington's three-game sweep of San Francisco.

Panik's home run was the only offense San Francisco managed against the first-place team in the National League East, as the Giants failed to build off the momentum they gained from back-to-back series wins over the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs.

Harper was in severe and obvious pain, sending baseball fans into a frenzy, many believing the injury was a torn ACL.

As per usual with the Washington Nationals, no injury news is usually given until after the game and its unlikely we will know the full diagnosis until some point during the doubleheader tomorrow.

Washington got three innings of scoreless relief from its recent bullpen acquisitions. Harper slipped on a wet base after on and off again sprinkles of rain.

Washington scored two runs in the last of the first take a 2-1 lead even though Harper was injured in the process. The question becomes what happens if Harper misses playoff time. That's what we usually do when things are in a bad way. Harper clutched his left knee in agony as trainers came out to assist. The good thing is he's young and strong. "We're optimistic we'll see him this season".

The Nationals are starting A.J. Cole in the opener and ace Max Scherzer in the nightcap.

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