MRI reveals no ligament damage; hits DL

Trevor Jackson
August 14, 2017

However, general manager Mike Rizzo announced Sunday that Harper had no ligament or tendon damage, but a bone bruise, leaving the team optimistic of a return in the regular season.

Harper suffered the injury when he slipped on a wet first base in the first inning of Saturday's 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Harper needed help off the field and appeared unable to put pressure on his leg. Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes after making the second out. The Nationals and Giants are set to play a doubleheader on Sunday. Given injuries to Harper, Stephen Strasburg - who has a rehab assignment Monday - and others, the Nationals' focus is getting healthy for the playoffs.

The Giants recalled utilityman Orlando Calixte to be their extra man. Games start at 10:05 a.m. PDT and 4:05 p.m. PDT.

The outfielder entered this weekend's action hitting.326 with 29 homers and 87 RBI for the first-place Nationals.

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".

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PHILLIES 3, METS 1 Aaron Nola held an opponent to two runs or fewer for his 10th consecutive start, Freddy Galvis had a go-ahead single during a fifth-inning rally and host Philadelphia beat veteran-shedding NY.

Washington scored two runs in the last of the first take a 2-1 lead even though Harper was injured in the process.

Harper, an All-Star in 2017, is having a bounce-back season after some regression last season.

- Bryce Harper was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee.

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