Nationals’ Bryce Harper avoids knee ligament injury

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.

Haper stayed on the ground in serious pain, and had to be helped off the field.

The Nationals have all but locked up first place in the National League East, but if the injury to Harper is significant than their World Series chances likely are finished.

But they’re just 5-9 in the playoffs and still haven’t won a postseason series since the 1981 National League Division Series, when they were the Montreal Expos (the only postseason series win in franchise history).

BASEBALL star Bryce Harper WILL play again this season after he escaped with just a bruised bone following his horrific knee scare.

Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker announced after the game that Harper hyper-extended his knee and will undergo an MRI, according to MLB.com reporter Jamal Collier.

The 28-year-old Virginia native had a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning on Wednesday, leading San Francisco to its fourth win in five outings with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The precipitation, however, continued through the first inning.

Shortly after the Giants took a 1-0 lead, Washington fought back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning off of Giants’ starter Jeff Samardzija, but the Nationals won’t remember the first inning for the comeback they managed.

When his foot touched down on first base, Harper took a dramatic tumble, and immediately began clutching his knee. This is his first stint on the disabled list since 2014. “I’m very optimistic that he’ll be at least fine shortly”, Baker said.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to make sure Mark Melancon’s first appearance off the disabled list didn’t come in a high-leverage situation after the $62 million closer missed more than six weeks with a right forearm strain.