Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper suffers ugly-looking knee injury

Daniel Baker left and Taylor Triggs of Arlington Va. wait under the concourse during a rain delay of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals Friday Aug. 11 2017 in Washington

Harper lunged toward first base and appeared to slide on the bag, hyperextending his left leg.

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper left the game versus the Giants on Saturday night after suffering an apparent knee injury. His leg buckled, he went airborne and fell to the ground as his helmet went flying.

The game began just after 10 p.m. following a 3-hour rain delay.

After the Harper injury, Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Daniel Murphy singled to put the Washington Nationals up 2-1, but the result tonight is small compared to what happened with Harper.

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Harper was replaced by Andrew Stevenson, who took over in center field with Brian Goodwin moving to right.

Harper, 24, entered the game hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs this season.

This latest injury could put a damper on the impressive season and create trouble for the Nationals. The big boppers in the middle of the order have stayed relatively healthy and the top four in the rotation have avoided major problems, though Stephen Strasburg is one of Washington's 11 players on the disabled list. Plus, the Nats have a huge lead in the NL East and for the number two seed in the playoffs, if the season ended today.

Harper is under contract through next season and can be a free agent in the winter of 2018.

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