Bryce Harper on 10-day disabled list with hyperextended left knee

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper left prepares to hit San Francisco Giants Hunter Strickland after being hit with a pitch in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday

He was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Harper eventually needed to be carried off the field.

"He looked like he was in pretty good pain", Jones said. He is a key player for Washington and you hate to see anybody get hurt. "Hopefully he's all right".

"I'm asking for prayers that it's not serious", Baker said.

Saturday's game started after a three-hour rain delay in D.C., and it's unclear how much the damp conditions affected the basepaths.

Harper was hustling for a base hit, but went down and could not put any weight on the leg. With the rainout on Friday and the Giants not returning to Washington D.C.in 2017, Saturday's game was a must for the two teams.




Although the Nationals hold a strong 14-game lead in the NL East and look locked to win the division, the playoffs are no easy task, especially without Harper. At the most, it could have an effect on home-field advantage in October.

The Nats now hold a 14-game lead in the National League East and have the third best record in baseball overall, so even if they lose Harper for the rest of the regular season, it's not likely they fall to the bottom of the rankings.

Following the mishap, Brian Goodwin covered right field while Andrew Stevenson entered the game to take over in center field. For now, the best thing to do is like Nats manager Dusty Baker said: pray.

Because of a bevy of injuries, the Nationals have used 12 outfielders this season.

Nationals: OF Michael Taylor was activated from the 10-day DL after missing 29 games with a right oblique strain.

If Harper is out, it's a more devastating injury to the Nationals' World Series hopes than when Ramos' season ended prematurely a year ago.

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