Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Bryce Harper does not have ligament or tendon damage

Bryce Harper does not have ligament or tendon damage

The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals renew acquaintances on Saturday for the first time since reliever Hunter Strickland drilled superstar Bryce Harper in the hip with a 98-mph fastball that sparked a brawl in late May.

After slipping on the first base bag, Harper's leg buckled as he went airborne and fell to the ground. "We put ourselves in a position that we can treat it cautiously and we'll continue down that road".

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey looks on during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington.

Rizzo diagnosed the bone bruise as significant but said he is optimistic that Harper will return later this season.

"It was something that happened", Rizzo said. He was not made available to speak to reporters. This season, Harper's hitting.327/.420/.616 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI and 92 runs scored.

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.

Harper was in severe and obvious pain, sending baseball fans into a frenzy, many believing the injury was a torn ACL.

Both teams were able to call up a 26th player for the doubleheader, and both chose hitters over pitchers: Orlando Calixte for the Giants and Pedro Severino for the Nationals. "I think it's best that he doesn't start", Baker said Thursday.

The injury to Harper opens up playing time in the outfield but would present a hard challenge if he's not ready by the start of the post-season. Harper is certainly someone the Nationals need in order to compete in October.

"He's definitely one of those guys that you can't replace on a team".

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