Bryce Harper suffers bone bruise in knee

Bryce Harper suffers bone bruise in knee

General manager Mike Rizzo announced Sunday morning that Harper does not have ligament or tendon damage in his left knee after a scary-looking injury during Saturday night's game vs. the San Francisco Giants. All the while - down the dugout stairs, then down the tunnel to the clubhouse - he put no weight on his injured left leg. He signed with the Nationals, spent time in the minor leagues and is now back in the majors having success as a starter with one of the best teams in baseball. "He's going to get an MRI", Baker said of Harper.

"We just ask for prayers that it's not serious", Baker told reporters after the game, according to

The result of the game meant little for Washington, which leads the NL East by 14½ games, or San Francisco, which is out of contention. He did a credible job of clearing the lane for Harper, and Samardzija, who had raced over to cover, also veered away from a potential collision. It looked like he slipped on the bag.

Baker refrained from criticizing the league, saying the teams "were kind of at the mercy of the schedule". In his only start against Washington this season, Moore allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings and took the loss.

Harper was making an MVP case for himself before the injury with a slash line of.326/.419/.614 to go with 29 home runs and 87 RBI.

"We enjoy our battles and being competitive against each other", said Bochy, whose team was swept by the Nationals in April in San Francisco and is 0-4 against Washington this year.

Jackson (3-2) gave up five hits before Brandon Kintzler took over and pitched a scoreless seventh.

Despite the horrific accident, Harper did manage to walk around the club house following the game.

"It's a little tough but that's what we have to do as a professional", Jackson said.

Taking a bat like Harper's out of the lineup makes the Nationals a lot weaker.

Bryce Harper is up and walking around without much of a limp.