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Harper leaves game with leg injury

Aug 16, 2015, 1:12 AM EST

USA Today

[Updated]

The Nationals were already down big against the Giants on Saturday when their night got even worse. All-Star Bryce Harper left in the seventh inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. Matt Williams told reporters after the game that X-rays were negative.

Harper was at the plate facing Giants reliever George Kontos when he fouled a 86 mile per hour slider off his leg. The Nats’ right fielder fell to his knees immediately and was tended to by Williams and trainer Steve Gober.

Harper was able to get up and finish the at-bat. He flew out center field two pitches later, but hobbled and limped as he ran to first base.

Harper then headed straight to the clubhouse, taking his batting gloves off and throwing them as he exited down through the tunnel. Tyler Moore replaced him in the bottom of the seventh.

Harper sat out the Nationals’ game against the Dodgers on Aug. 11 with a sore left knee. The injury he suffered on Saturday night was on the same leg, but did not appear to involve the knee.

Harper is one of the leading candidates for NL MVP this season. Through 109 games he his batting .332 with 30 homers, 73 RBI and a 1.100 OPS.

  1. veejh - Aug 16, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    When it rains, it pours.

  2. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Sit him … Let him rest. What’s one more at this point? No need to risk further injury.

  3. legnatsfan - Aug 16, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    X-rays are negative but Harper says his ankle is pretty sore. I think that he’ll be out for a few days at least.

  4. zmunchkin - Aug 16, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Monday is an off-day. And Bumgarner is a lefty. So let him rest today and hope he is better on Tuesday.

    Start Espi in left and Werth in right. Or Espi at first and RZ in left.

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