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Washington Nationals State Harper Didn’t Tear Ligaments, Suffered Bone Bruise

Bryce Harper Washington Nationals

When Bryce Harper went down in pain running to first against the Giants, Nationals fans feared the worst. Harper was running hard to beat out a ground ball and slipped on the wet base. He went down hard and stayed down holding his leg close to his knee, writhing in pain. When his leg buckled, it seemed that he most likely tore his ACL. That’s usually what happens in these scenarios. Even early reports stated the Harper had torn his ACL and PCL. He underwent an MRI earlier today.

However, Nationals fans received good news on Sunday morning. General manager Mike Rizzo announced that Harper suffered a “significant bone bruise.” There was no tear to any tendons or ligaments and the team is hopeful that Harper will return to the lineup this season. Harper is having an outstanding season so far this year. He’s batting .326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI’s.

Losing Harper for the season would’ve been catastrophic. Now that the injury isn’t as bad is it first seemed, the Nationals can rest Harper until the end of the season. Washington has already placed Harper on the 10-day disabled list, although his DL stint could be a little longer. Both Harper and the Nationals seemed to have dodged a bullet this time.

With a 14 1/2 game lead in the NL East, the Nationals have a cushion to rest Harper. Brian Goodwin and Howie Kendrick are expected to fill Harper’s role while he’s out of the lineup. Kendrick is batting .347 in 176 at-bats this season, while Goodwin has a .247 average and 13 home runs. Both guys are capable of filling the void short-term while Harper is out.

Getting Harper back in time for the end of the regular season and possibly the playoffs is crucial. The Nationals need Harper to be a hundred percent or close to it. With Adam Eaton and Jason Werth already on the disabled list, the Nationals will suffer on offense. Getting Harper healthy will be the key to Washington to make or go deep in the playoffs.

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