Bryce Harper Injury Labeled as Bone Bruise, No Ligament or Tendon Damage

Bryce Harper Injury Labeled as Bone Bruise, No Ligament or Tendon Damage

Bryce Harper Injury Labeled as Bone Bruise, No Ligament or Tendon Damage

Edwin Jackson of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on August 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. The 2015 MVP is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs in 106 games this season, and his presence in the lineup is crucial to Washington playing deep into October. A long-term injury benefits no one, so the only thing to do right now is hope for the best. A moment of silence was observed before the game for the victims of the clash.

Buster Posey and Hunter Pence will rest in Game 1 as Bruce Bochy goes left-heavy against right-hander A.J. Cole. It's tough for both teams and both teams played a good game.

The Nationals avoided the worst possible news on Bryce Harper.

Harper slipped on the bag, had to be helped off field.

Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes.

The start of the game was delayed three hours, one minute by rain Saturday and there was a light rain in the first inning.

The Nationals have all but locked up first place in the National League East, but if the injury to Harper is significant than their World Series chances likely are finished. On the other side, the Nationals are 5-1 in their last six games overall, are 5-1 in their last six home games, and are 16-6 in their last 22 games versus National League West opponents. 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.

Based on examinations and results of an MRI, the team said it's possible Harper will play again this season, which prompted a sigh of relief throughout the clubhouse, front office and fan base.

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

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