Bryce Harper has no ligament or tendon damage in knee

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Rizzo diagnosed the bone bruise as significant but said he is optimistic that Harper will return later this season. General manager Mike Rizzo announced Sunday morning that his star outfielder avoided structural damage to the knee.

Of course, we have to wait for the official news, but Bryce Harper had to leave tonight's game against the Giants after the first inning due to a leg injury.

Harper was unable to put weight on his leg and was carried off the field by his hitting coach and the team trainer.

Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes.

Since the Giants don't come back to D.C. this year, it was Major League Baseball's call on whether or not this game should be played.

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But the pitching of Jackson and hitting of Lind was overshadowed by the Harper injury.

It had been raining for most of the night, as the game didn't start until around 10 p.m. E.T. following a three-hour rain delay. "We're just hoping for the best".

From Rotoworld: Stratton allowed three runs - two earned - over five innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks. The 2015 NL MVP left the game immediately, and manager Dusty Baker said Harper hyperextended his knee.

Harper, 24, left Saturday's game with a.326/.419/.614 batting line, 29 home runs and a 1.034 OPS through 472 PA in 2017.

Washington scored two runs in the last of the first take a 2-1 lead even though Harper was injured in the process. The question becomes what happens if Harper misses playoff time. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list. The Washington Nationals have tabbed veteran right hander Max Scherzer as the starter against the San Francisco Giants.

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