Harper injury could be a problem for the Nationals

Harper injury could be a problem for the Nationals

The Giants (46-70) are almost 35 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, and the Nationals (68-45) are 15 games ahead in the National League East after a 3-2 win on Thursday at home against the Miami Marlins.

During Baker's two years between jobs, Giants manager Bruce Bochy passed him on the all-time managerial victories list.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker came out of the dugout with his hands sitting on his cap in disbelief.

Edwin Jackson, the Washington starter and victor, said, "You hope for the best". It was raining steadily when Harper's injury happened.

Jackson yielded four earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Cubs.

Should Strickland and Harper face off this weekend, it's unlikely that any fireworks would take place.

The Nationals and Giants will play at 10:05 a.m. and 4:05 p.m. Sunday, Pacific time. "He kept us in the game there", Bochy said.

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper second from right is helped off the field after he was injured during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Saturday Aug. 12

The Nationals running away with the NL East gives them the luxury of playing it safe with Harper. He struck out five batters, walked one and surrendered five base hits, including a solo home run by second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning.

Harper is now one of the leaders in the NL MVP race and is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI.

That caused Harper's leg to buckle as he went airborne before falling to the ground as his helmet went flying. This time, he was scheduled to start Friday, but the game was rained out and Stratton was bumped two days so Jeff Samardzija could pitch Saturday on normal rest.

It's tough for both teams and both teams played a good game.

Rizzo, who spoke to the media, said Harper will be placed on the disabled list. Baker said he hopes that's not the case with Harper.

"When talking about building an organization, you'd be short-sighted you'd be short-sighted to think about the 25 men on the major league roster", Rizzo said.

Since Harper made his MLB debut on April 28, 2012, the Nationals have the second-most regular-season wins in baseball (they're 526-397), behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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