Nationals' Harper suffers left knee injury

Series opener postponed, split doubleheader on Sunday

Series opener postponed, split doubleheader on Sunday

He was unable to put weight on his left leg following the incident and had to be carried off the field by team trainers.

According to Robert Flores of MLB Network, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo called the setback a bone bruise while noting Harper avoided ligament and tendon damage in the knee. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Assuming Harper doesn't hit any snags in the rehab process, he could be looking at a return to the field sometime in mid- to late September. "We're optimistic we'll see him this season".

Harper has been placed on the disabled list and there is no timetable for his return, but his prognosis is nearly certainly better than the worst fears from Saturday night.

Jackson got the nod last Saturday in place of Gio Gonzalez (paternity list), overcoming a four-run first inning to work four more clean frames in a 7-4 setback at the Chicago Cubs.

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The game had been delayed due to heavy rains and it still was sprinkling when the game began. "We just ask for prayers that it's not serious". A long-term injury benefits no one, so the only thing to do right now is hope for the best.

Major League Baseball was in control of weather decisions because it's the Giants' final trip to Washington this season.

In the bottom of the first inning of Saturday's game between the Nationals and Giants, Bryce Harper hit a ground ball to first base and raced to the bag trying to beat Giants' Ryder Jones there.

Washington scored two runs in the last of the first take a 2-1 lead even though Harper was injured in the process. They will be opposed by Giants RHP Chris Stratton (0-2, 6.63) and LHP Matt Moore (3-12, 5.88).

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