WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper injured his left knee when he slipped on a wet first base, a potentially devastating blow to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.
Manager Dusty Baker said Harper hyperextended his left knee and was scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday.
“We just ask for prayers that it’s not serious,” Baker said after his team’s 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants that was overshadowed by the injury to one of baseball’s top players. “He was in obvious pain, and he was praying and I was praying, too.”
Harper was limping but walking after the game. He was not made available to speak to reporters.
Starter Edwin Jackson was upbeat that Harper was walking around. General manager Mike Rizzo is expected to provide an update on Sunday morning.
“Fortunate that he’s up and walking,” Jackson said. “He’s definitely one of those guys that you can’t replace on a team. It’s crazy but it’s definitely great to see him up in spirit and walking around and know that he won’t be significantly out for a period of time or just hurt period. He’s doing great.”
While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning, Harper avoided contact with first baseman Ryder Jones and his left foot slipped on the base. His leg buckled , he went airborne and fell to the ground as his helmet went flying.
“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. “It was a little wet. It didn’t look good. I…
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