Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper suffers serious injury against Giants


In what could be a huge blow to the Washington Nationals season, Bryce Harper left the game tonight with a serious leg injury

After waiting three hours to start tonight’s game, the Washington Nationals may have just had the worst news possible. 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. Here is a video of the play:

Harper was hustling for a base hit, but went down and could not put any weight on the leg. Of course, the Washington Nationals have had their fair share of those kinds of injuries this year when Adam Eaton tore his ACL in late April trying to beat out an infield single against the Mets.

At the very least, this looks like an injury that will keep Harper out for a significant amount of time. Right now, the Nats are out of healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster since Michael Taylor and Jayson Werth are on the disabled list as well.

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After the Harper injury, Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Daniel Murphy singled to put the Washington Nationals up 2-1, but the result tonight is small compared to what happened with Harper. For the 2015 National League MVP, any long-term injury would impact his future earnings.

Keep in mind, last year, catcher Wilson Ramos tore his ACL against the Arizona Diamondbacks in late September in a game that had a rain delay involved. If Harper has that same injury, that would devastate the team’s chances of reaching their ultimate goal of a World Series championship.

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. After postponing last night’s game, MLB was going to try to get this one in.

However, you could make the case this game didn’t mean much with San Francisco far from playoff contention. Plus, the Nats have a huge lead in the NL East and for the number two seed in the playoffs, if the season ended today. With no chance to catch the Dodgers for overall home field, the team is basically locked into their spot.

As per usual with the Washington Nationals, no injury news is usually given until after the game and its unlikely we will know the full diagnosis until some point during the doubleheader tomorrow.

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Right now, Harper needs all the prayers he could get because that injury did not look good, Keep it right here at District On Deck for all the latest on Harper’s injury