Bryce Harper Out Indefinitely, Suffers No Knee Damage

Ross Houston
August 14, 2017

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 should be back by the end of the season, Rizzo said.

"It was something that happened", Rizzo said.

BASEBALL star Bryce Harper WILL play again this season after he escaped with just a bruised bone following his horrific knee scare. "That's baseball. We have to roll with that". The 2015 NL MVP is 10-for-28 with two homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored in his last seven contests, but went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts during Washington's three-game sweep of San Francisco.

Harper is expected to speak to reporters on Sunday afternoon. Given injuries to Harper, Stephen Strasburg - who has a rehab assignment Monday - and others, the Nationals' focus is getting healthy for the playoffs. Forget the part where the Nationals haven't even won a postseason series since 1981, when they were the Expos, and how losing Harper was going to make that a much more hard hill to climb.

"I think (starter Jeff Samardzija) said he tried to extend the knee a little bit and try to catch the corner of the bag, and I think he might've slipped on the top", Jones said. He'll play again when he's ready, and it's likely that he'll get some at-bats to tune up before the postseason.

The injury to Harper opens up playing time in the outfield but would present a hard challenge if he's not ready by the start of the post-season.

Harper was walking around without a limp after the game, which is definitely a good sign, but ACL injuries are tricky in that sometimes they can go nearly completely unnoticed. Andrew Stevenson replaced Harper in the team's lineup.

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