14 August, 2017
In a Saturday night game against the San Francisco Giants, the Washington Nationals' strong season suffered a swift gut punch, as superstar right fielder Bryce Harper slipped on a wet base, causing his leg to buckle and sending him to the ground.
The game had been delayed due to heavy rains and it still was sprinkling when the game began. If the injury is serious, that could also take a mental hit to the Nationals' club, or fuel their fire during Harper's absence. The Nationals' training staff and manager Dusty Baker rushed to the field to help Harper off, as Harper was unable to walk off under his own power.
The 28-year-old Virginia native had a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning on Wednesday, leading San Francisco to its fourth win in five outings with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Harper was making an MVP case for himself before the injury with a slash line of.326/.419/.614 to go with 29 home runs and 87 RBI.
It was easy to assume that Harper was gone for the season, and it was just as easy to start worry about when he would be back in 2018.
But the pitching of Jackson and hitting of Lind was overshadowed by the Harper injury. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is expected to provide an update on Sunday morning. "I couldn't get the ball down in the first inning".
"We enjoy our battles and being competitive against each other", said Bochy, whose team was swept by the Nationals in April in San Francisco and is 0-4 against Washington this year. "He's definitely one of those guys that you can't replace on a team. I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly", Baker said. Right now, the Nats are out of healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster since Michael Taylor and Jayson Werth are on the disabled list as well. This is his first stint on the disabled list since 2014.
Washington scored two runs in the last of the first take a 2-1 lead even though Harper was injured in the process.