The injury in the rain occurred Saturday night in the first inning of Washington's eventual 3-1 win over San Francisco when Harper slipped on the first base bag, then hyperextended his left knee, before crumpling to the ground, and clutching the knee in pain.
The all-star right fielder had just slipped on first base attempting to beat out an infield single with a lunge as his helmet flew off. Harper clutched his left knee in agony as trainers came out to assist. The league deemed the conditions playable after the rain slowed from its earlier levels, announcing a start time of 10:05 p.m.at 9:22 p.m. While both insist that they've moved on from the skirmish, there's a chance the two will square off in a more traditional sense in Saturday's opener of a rain-delayed three-game series at Nationals Park, which will conclude with a doubleheader Sunday after Friday's game was postponed. None more obvious than the slippery bags in play. Though it remains to be seen how much time Harper misses, his injury cast a pall over a game that started three hours late due to wet weather.
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"We enjoy our battles and being competitive against each other", said Bochy, whose team was swept by the Nationals in April in San Francisco and is 0-4 against Washington this year.
The Nationals said Harper suffered a "significant bone bruise", but they are hopeful he will return to the field in 2017.
MASN reporter Dan Kolko tweeted a positive message for the Nationals and their fans after the game about Harper.