Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night with an apparent left knee injury.
While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning, Harper avoided contact with first baseman Ryder Jones and slipped on the base. His leg buckled, he went airborne and fell to the ground.
Harper slipped on the bag, had to be helped off field. It’s been raining the entire night: pic.twitter.com/O8HSQc0sMk
Harper clutched 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 field by hitting coach Rick Schu and head athletic trainer Paul Lessard.
The game began just after 10 p.m. ET following a 3-hour rain delay. Harper was replaced by Andrew Stevenson, who took over in centre field with Brian Goodwin moving to right.
Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, is hitting .327 with 26 home runs and 81 RBIs this season. He played in 103 of Washington’s first 113 games.
Because of a bevy of injuries, the Nationals have used 12 outfielders this season. They have been without Adam Eaton since late April because of a torn ACL in his left knee that ended his season, Jayson Werth since early June because of a bruised left foot and Michael Taylor since July with a right oblique strain.
The Nationals lead the NL East by 14 games despite those injuries and more to starters Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, relievers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover and shortstop Trea Turner, but a long-term injury to Harper would be devastating to their prospects in October.