Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper suffers ugly-looking 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

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The start of the game was delayed 3 hours, 1 minute by rain Saturday and there was a light rain falling as Harper batted in the first.

"We know he hyperextended it when he slipped going across the bag". Washington has around two months until the postseason begins, so that gives Harper plenty of time to get back to 100 percent.

The Nationals announced Sunday that Harper avoided structural damage in his injured left knee, but he will be out indefinitely because of a significant bone bruise.

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Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson added: "When you see a calibre of player like that, or any player, go down like that, you hope for the best". The Nationals are 69-45 and the Giants are 46-71, including 0-4 this year against Washington. Though Baker has a higher regular-season winning percentage, Bochy has three World Series rings. Fellow outfielder Michael Taylor (right oblique strain) was activated from the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move and will assume Harper's spot on the active roster for the time being. Scherzer comes off of a 3-2 win (ND) versus the Miami Marlins where he allowed both runs and struck out nine in seven frames.

Harper has been on the disabled list only twice in his career: In 2013, he missed 31 games with left-knee bursitis, and in 2014, he missed 57 games after having surgery on his left thumb. 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, the 2015 MVP who is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs as the most fearsome hitter in the league this season, did not speak to reporters after the game. Harper was attempting to beat out a ground ball, but when his foot hit the wet base, his knee jerked violently and he immediately fell to the ground and started clutching his left knee in pain.

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