Bryce Harper Leaves Rainy Nats' Game With Apparent Knee Injury

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton delivers a pitch during the first inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Washington Nationals Sunday Aug. 13 2017 in Washington

Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes after making the second out.

"Obviously I made a mistake on one pitch and he got the best of it", Strickland said.

Harper was limping but walking after the game.

Harper is expected to speak to reporters on Sunday afternoon.

Edwin Jackson, the Washington starter and victor, said, "You hope for the best". General manager Mike Rizzo announced Sunday morning that his star outfielder avoided structural damage to the knee.

"It's a little tough but that's what we have to do as a professional", Jackson said. "It's insane, but it's definitely great to see him up in spirit and walking around".

Saturday's performance was an extension from the Jackson's last outing, August 5 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, when he threw four scoreless innings after allowing four runs in the first inning of the National's 7-4 loss. Assuming Harper doesn't hit any snags in the rehab process, he could be looking at a return to the field sometime in mid- to late September.

Fantasy Impact This does not look good for Harper owners! "I certainly hope it is not too bad". Jones reached the base first for the out, but as soon as Harper's left foot touched the bag, he went airborne. "Hopefully he's all right".

The game had been delayed due to heavy rains and it still was sprinkling when the game began. "He's going to get an MRI", Baker said. Given injuries to Harper, Stephen Strasburg - who has a rehab assignment Monday - and others, the Nationals' focus is getting healthy for the playoffs.

Baker refrained from criticizing the league, saying the teams "were kind of at the mercy of the schedule". Washington (69-45) has a 14.5 games lead on the Miami Marlins in the National League East. At the most, it could have an effect on home-field advantage in October. Harper is slashing.327/.420/.616 on the season.

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What would a prolonged injury mean for the Nationals?

Taylor was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list after missing 29 games with a right oblique strain.

If the injury is serious, that could also take a mental hit to the Nationals' club, or fuel their fire during Harper's absence.

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

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