Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Bryce Harper does not have ligament or tendon damage

Bryce Harper does not have ligament or tendon damage

Baker, 68, has managed eight teams to the postseason but is still chasing his first ring as a skipper; his only pennant came with the 2002 Giants, who came so tantalizingly close before he took the ball from Russ Ortiz in Game 6 at Anaheim and watched the Angels brush past him that night and the next.

General manager Mike Rizzo said Harper has a "significant" bone bruise in his left knee but avoided the kind of ligament or tendon damage that would have put a pin in the team's World Series aspirations.

That's especially important considering Harper can be a free agent after the 2018 season, crystallizing Washington's championship window with Max Scherzer in his prime and a lineup built with power around the 29-year-old face of the franchise, Daniel Murphy, Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman. 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.

Bryce Harper injured his knee rounding first base Saturday night and had to be helped off the field. Washington doesn't have a lot of options, with 11 players now on the DL, which is tied for second-most in the majors (the Dodgers have 12).

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, "I don't know what happened really".

Harper's injury came when he tripped on first base and fell to the ground in obvious pain.

Washington won the game 3-1.

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Brandon Drury's two-run double keyed a four-run sixth inning that broke up Jon Lester's pitching duel with Patrick Corbin, and Arizona ended a three-game losing streak by beating Chicago.

Joe Panik hit a solo homer off Jackson in the first inning to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

It was easy to assume that Harper was gone for the season, and it was just as easy to start worry about when he would be back in 2018. Baker said he hopes that's not the case with Harper. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

"The good thing is he's young and strong", Baker said.

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"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.

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