Bryce Harper injures left knee, leaves game

Bryce Harper injures left knee, leaves game

The right fielder lunged for first base and slipped on the bag, and his leg appeared to buckle awkwardly.

After writhing in pain on the ground for a couple of minutes, Harper was helped off the field with assistance from trainer Paul Lessard and hitting coach Rick Schu. The injury occurred when Harper attempted to beat out a groundball to the first baseman. His status will be updated when the team makes a formal announcement as to the exact nature of the injury.

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Saturday's game was delayed three hours with more inclement weather and the rain conditions came into play right away. The Nationals won 3-1. His final season in the majors yielded uneven results, pairing an impressive 25 home runs with a less impressive.196/.257/.453 batting line in 362 PA. The series opener Friday was postponed after a lengthy rain delay and is set to be a part of a day-night doubleheader Sunday.

Andrew Stevenson took over in center field and Brian Goodwin moved to right field. Polanco re-injured his left hamstring, which already has landed him on the disabled list twice this season. Jonathan Villar, counted upon to be the regular second baseman after a big 2016 season at shortstop, has been mired in a season-long offensive slump.

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