Bryce Harper exits early with apparent serious knee injury

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton delivers a pitch during the first inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Washington Nationals Sunday Aug. 13 2017 in Washington

Bryce Harper exits early with apparent serious knee injury

The game between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants on Saturday started three hours late due to rain.

In the bottom of the first inning, Bryce Harper hit a ground ball to first base and sprinted to the bag, racing past starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

Any significant injury to Harper could be devastating to the Nationals lineup, even with plenty of other talented players on the roster.

In reality, losing a player of Harper's ability would be damaging for any team. He had seemingly returned to MVP form in 2017 after a down year in 2016, playing like the 2015 version that was named National League MVP at 22 years old. Harper was replaced by Andrew Stevenson.

Harper has 29 home runs and 87 RBI's on the season, already with more total bases this year (247) than he did all of last year (223).

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