Nationals GM Mike Rizzo reveals Bryce Harper has avoided ligament damage

Bryce Harper, de los Nacionales de Washington, sostiene su rodilla izquierda después de que se la lesionara en la inicial en la primera entrada del partido contra los Gigantes de San Francisco, en Washington, el sábado 12 de agosto de 2017. Harper abandonó el partido y los Nacionales ganaron 3-1 a los Gigantes. (AP Fhoto/Nick Wass)
AP Fhoto/Nick Wass

The Washington Nationals appear to have avoided a serious injury scare regarding the club’s starting right fielder in Bryce Harper. After Harper was helped off the field on Saturday evening against the San Francisco Giants, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced that the former National League MVP has avoided any ligament or tendon damage.

However, Harper has been diagnosed with both a hyperextended knee in addition to a “significant bone bruise.” As a result, he has officially been placed on the club’s 10-day disabled list.

The 24-year-old slugger made his premature departure in the bottom half of the first inning on Saturday evening in our nation’s capital. Harper suffered the setback upon by awkwardly on the top of the first base bag.

Despite the fact that Harper has indeed avoided a serious knee injury, it remains to be seen as to how long he remains on the sideline. Due to his absence on Saturday evening against the Giants, the veteran outfielder was replaced by the tandem of Brian Goodwin and Andrew Stevenson, both of whom could see an increase in playing time in the near future.

Already making 106 regular-season appearances as a member of the Nationals thus far into the 2017 campaign, Harper is currently batting .326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI alongside a .419 on-base percentage. Spending his entire six-year big league tenure with the National League East ball club, the seasoned slugger now owns a career batting average of .286 with 150 home runs, 421 RBI and a .387 on-base percentage across 763 regular-season appearances and a total of 2,738 at-bats in all.

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