Nationals' Harper suffers left knee injury

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Harper avoided any ligament or tendon damage.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday that an MRI revealed no structural damage is Harper's knee. Harper slipped on the bag and his leg stretched out in an awkward position, landing hard and remaining on the ground.

He was helped off the field and did not put any weight on his left leg as athletic trainer Paul Lessard and hitting coach Rick Schu helped him to the clubhouse. Harper has been relatively healthy this season and missed just three days with mild groin soreness back in May.

The Nationals and Giants game had already been delayed for several hours due to rain, so Nationals fans were already a little annoyed. For now, the best thing to do is like Nats manager Dusty Baker said: pray.

While the injury itself looked bad, the Nationals and Harper appeared to have dodged a major bullet here. One of those veteran players is Edwin Jackson, the well-traveled right-hander who is slated to start Friday at home against the San Francisco Giants.

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey looks on during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington. The 2015 MVP is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs in 106 games this season, and his presence in the lineup is crucial to Washington playing deep into October.

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

- Bryce Harper was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee. Stratton was not involved in the decision Saturday as he went five innings and allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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