Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper suffers brutal injury after slipping on first base

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper suffers brutal injury after slipping on first base

While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning, Harper avoided contact with first baseman Ryder Jones and his left foot slipped on the base.

Fears were raised after his leg hyper-extension, but Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo revealed that there was no serious damage.

It had been raining for most of the night, as the game didn't start until around 10 p.m. E.T. following a three-hour rain delay.

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.

- Bryce Harper was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee.

Now, it looks like Harper could eveen be back this season if all goes well.

"He's definitely one of those guys that you can't replace on a team", starter Edwin Jackson said. The Nationals' training staff and manager Dusty Baker rushed to the field to help Harper off, as Harper was unable to walk off under his own power. (Taylor had missed a month with a right oblique strain.) They also recalled catcher Pedro Severino to be their 26th man for Sunday's split-admission doubleheader.

While the injury itself looked bad, the Nationals and Harper appeared to have dodged a major bullet here. This time, he was scheduled to start Friday, but the game was rained out and Stratton was bumped two days so Jeff Samardzija could pitch Saturday on normal rest.

OUR PREDICTION: The Giants have dropped six of their last seven games in Washington, are 0-5 in their last five games versus the Nationals, and are 1-6 in their last seven road games versus a team with a winning home record.