Nationals RF Harper out indefinitely with bone bruise on knee

Nationals RF Harper out indefinitely with bone bruise on knee

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told reporters on Sunday morning that Bryce Harper will play again in 2017.

Harper's injury came when he tripped on first base and fell to the ground in obvious pain. While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield, Harper avoided contract with first baseman Ryder Jones before his left foot slipped on the base.

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Rain delayed the game for nearly three hours before the team announced it was being called. They postponed that game and moved it to Sunday as part of a doubleheader. The Nationals are 69-45 and the Giants are 46-71, including 0-4 this year against Washington. Due to the field conditions, the Nationals lost their top player.

Zimmerman had an RBI double and Daniel Murphy drove in a run with a single after Harper, the third batter for the Nationals, left the game.

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. Harper has been relatively healthy this season and missed just three days with mild groin soreness back in May. On the other side, the Nationals are 5-1 in their last six games overall, are 5-1 in their last six home games, and are 16-6 in their last 22 games versus National League West opponents.

"Jackson was a little shaky early, had a lot of pitches, but settled down in the middle innings and took us to our pen and took us to the seventh", Manager Dusty Baker said.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was informed around 9:15 p.m. local time of the postponement, which was announced on the Nationals' Twitter account and in the press box at 9:47 and in the stadium at 9:52.