The Washington Nationals never announce injuries during games. They never have as long as I can remember. So Nationals fans have to sit and wait to find out what happened to Bryce Harper tonight until after the game ends and Nats' skipper Matt Williams speaks to reporters.
The quick update. With runners at first and second in the fifth and the Nationals up 3-2 after a home run by Joey Butler got the Tampa Bay Rays within one, Asdrubal Cabrera sent a grounder through the right side.
Harper charged in to field the ball and came up throwing, but slipped as he did and somehow injured his left leg.
Harper went down in a heap in the outfield and left the game, limping off under his own power.
Here's the sequence of events from tonight's post game report:
6th Inning: Joey Butler got hold of a first-pitch cutter in the top of the sixth, and hit a towering fly to right that cleared the wall. 3-2 Nationals after Butler's fifth. Evan Longoria singled to center in the next at bat, and took second on a grounder to short by Logan Forsythe that got by Ian Desmond. Desmond made a backhand stab and cut the lead runner down at third on a grounder to short by Steven Souza in the next at bat, but the tying run scored on a single to right by Asdrubal Cabrera when Bryce Harper slipped as he went to throw it in and airmailed it. Two runs scored on the E, 4-3 Rays. Harper went down holding his left leg in obvious pain and after a visit from the trainer limped off after the play with an apparent injury. That was it for Fister...
Here's a link to the video of the injury which is not available for embedding right now. LINK.
But here's a Vine of the play in question:
Here's the play that caused Bryce Harper to exit tonight's game: https://t.co/cwPlQFHrE9— Tom Schad (@Tom_Schad) June 19, 2015
More info when it's available, likely after tonight's game...