Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Bryce Harper Carried Off Field After Suffering Left Knee Injury Vs. Giants

Bryce Harper Carried Off Field After Suffering Left Knee Injury Vs. Giants

The play was not pretty.

For the second straight day, the Nationals and Giants were forced into a rain delay due to storms in Washington, D.C., and after deciding to postpone Friday's contest, the teams were forced to wait and do everything in their power to get the game in. They are bound to be upset and anxious now. "We're optimistic we'll see him this season". He signed with the Nationals, spent time in the minor leagues and is now back in the majors having success as a starter with one of the best teams in baseball. The precipitation, however, continued through the first inning.

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Reigning NL Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.23) had his choice which game to pitch and preferred night, and he'll face San Francisco LHP Matt Moore (3-12, 5.88). He ranks first in home runs, RBI, hits, OBP, slugging percentage, OPS and OPS-plus. 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.

Harper was hustling for a base hit, but went down and could not put any weight on the leg. This is his first stint on the disabled list since 2014. Earlier this year Adam Eaton was hurt on a similar play at first base and the Nationals are also without Jayson Werth, Ryan Raburn and Michael Taylor. The good thing is he's young and strong.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to make sure Mark Melancon's first appearance off the disabled list didn't come in a high-leverage situation after the $62 million closer missed more than six weeks with a right forearm strain. 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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