Dan Kolko of MASN said the Nationals didn't put an official timetable on the slugger's return but granted it "doesn't seem like a season-ender". Pitching for San Diego previous year, he pitched well against us. Jones jumped to his feet and raced to the bag to beat Harper by a step and a half, but when Harper did reach the bag, disaster ensued.
Edwin Jackson gave up just one run in six innings to earn a 3-1 win over the Giants on Saturday. 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. We're just urging everybody out there that are Nationals fans and baseball fans to say a prayer for him tonight because he was in obvious pain out there. A long-term injury benefits no one, so the only thing to do right now is hope for the best. He has a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA in 35 innings total. And they won't have a rested starter to take the ball on Wednesday.
Reigning NL Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.23) had his choice which game to pitch and preferred night, and he'll face San Francisco LHP Matt Moore (3-12, 5.88). The Nationals are 69-45 and the Giants are 46-71, including 0-4 this year against Washington. He ranks first in home runs, RBI, hits, OBP, slugging percentage, OPS and OPS-plus.
The Nationals have all but locked up first place in the National League East, but if the injury to Harper is significant than their World Series chances likely are finished. Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes after making the second out. He was able to do that, as Melancon allowed one hit and had one strikeout against his most recent team in the eighth inning, his first work since June 27. "I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly".
Taylor was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list after missing 29 games with a right oblique strain.