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Bryce Harper avoided ligament tear in baserunning injury; no timetable for return

Bryce Harper avoided ligament tear in baserunning injury; no timetable for return

The Nats have had their share of injuries this season and they've fought to overcome them, but I'm not sure any amount of fight can will them past the Los Angeles Dodgers or Houston Astros without Bryce Harper.

After the Harper injury, Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Daniel Murphy singled to put the Washington Nationals up 2-1, but the result tonight is small compared to what happened with Harper. He struck out five batters, walked one and surrendered five base hits, including a solo home run by second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Manager Dusty Baker spoke this week about the importance of new players fitting well into the Washington Nationals' clubhouse in the middle of the season.

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence looks on during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington.

Despite soggy conditions and a considerable amount of water on the field, San Francisco and Washington wound up commencing their three-game series past 10 p.m. local time on Saturday night.

The base may have been slippery following a three-hour rain delay. "He's going to get an MRI", Baker said.

Harper didn't last long in his 106th game and was replaced by Andrew Stevenson, who took over in center field with Brian Goodwin moving to right. (Taylor had missed a month with a right oblique strain.) They also recalled catcher Pedro Severino to be their 26th man for Sunday's split-admission doubleheader.

"We dodged a bullet here", said Mike Rizzo, adding that it was "pretty remarkable" that Harper avoided a more significant injury. "I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly".


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