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Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent knee injury

Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent knee injury

The right fielder lunged for first base and slipped on the bag, and his leg appeared to buckle awkwardly.

The Friday game between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals was rained out after a steady rain in the nation's capital most of the evening.

The play occurred minutes into a game that started at 10:06 p.m. - after a three-hour, one-minute rain delay.

Any significant injury to Harper could be devastating to the Nationals lineup, even with plenty of other talented players on the roster. Harper didn't put any weight on his left leg and had his head down as he was assisted off the field and through the Nationals dugout.




Harper was replaced by Andrew Stevenson, who took over in center field with Brian Goodwin moving to right.

After a down year by his standards in 2016, he is once again among the league's top hitters in 2017, batting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI. He played in 105 of Washington's first 113 games.

Harper is under contract through next season and can be a free agent in the winter of 2018.


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