Nationals' Bryce Harper leaves game in fifth with left hand injury?

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Harper drove in three runs with a third inning triple in tonight's game with the San Diego Padres, but a hard headfirst slide into third may have resulted in an injury. Harper left the game two innings later in the fifth. No word yet on what was wrong.

Washington Nationals' left fielder Bryce Harper tripled in three runs in the fourth inning of tonight's game against the San Diego Padres, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead, then scored on a single by Jose Lobaton to make it 6-0.

But two innings later, the 21-year-old slugger left the game with what is thought to be an injured left hand/wrist He was replaced in left field by Nate McLouth. No official word from the Nationals as of the sixth inning of tonight's game.

Here's the play-by-play from tonight's post game report:

3rd Inning: Anthony Rendon singled and stole second, and after a walk by Adam LaRoche took third when Ian Desmond hit a soft line drive to right to load the bases and Bryce Harper cleared them with a triple to right that bounced off the base of the out-of-town scoreboard to make it a 5-0 Nats' lead in the third. Jose Lobaton brought Harper in with a two-out RBI single to center and it was 6-0 Nationals by the time Robbie Erlin got out of the third.

• Here's video of Harper's triple:

After he slides in headfirst you can see him react. But he stayed in the game for another two innings before leaving with what is assumed to be a left hand injury. Will update with more info when it's available.

Harper was 2 for 2 with a run scored and four RBIs when he left the game.

Nats' starter Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 through 6.0 scoreless innings and was up to 101 pitches on the night at that point.

The Nationals were 5 for 8 with runners in scoring position through six tonight after an 0 for 16 in last night's loss.

An injury to Harper would be a tough blow for a team that's dealt with injuries to Doug Fister, Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos already this season.

Should be some news in the post game interview.

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