Bryce Harper appears to harm leg after slipping on first base

WASHINGTON  — Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals’ diversion against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night with an apparent left knee injury.

While using out a belligerent round to the right side of the infield in the first inning, Harper avoided hit with first baseman Ryder Jones and slipped on the base. His leg buckled, he went airborne and fell to the ground. Harper retained at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers. The star outfielder put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off the margin by attack manager Rick Schu and conduct jaunty tutor Paul Lessard.

The diversion began just after 10 p.m. following a 3-hour rain delay. Harper was transposed by Andrew Stevenson, who took over in core margin with Brian Goodwin moving to right. Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, is attack .327 with 26 home runs and 81 RBIs this season. He played in 103 of Washington’s first 113 games.

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Bryce Harper screams in anguish after injuring his leg in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants Saturday.

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Because of a brood of injuries, the Nationals have used 12 outfielders this season. They have been but Adam Eaton given late Apr given of a ripped ACL in his left knee that finished his season, Jayson Werth given early Jun given of a painful left foot and Michael Taylor given Jul with a right ambiguous strain.

The Nationals lead the NL East by 14 games despite those injuries and some-more to starters Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, relievers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover and shortstop Trea Turner, but a long-term damage to Harper would be harmful to their prospects in October.

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