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Nationals' Bryce Harper getting hit in the knee by a pitch is nothing new

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In the series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bryce Harper was hit in the knee by a pitch. This wasn't the first time Harper has taken a shot to the knee, of course...

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In the first game of the road series against the Philadelphia Phillies, outfielder Bryce Harper was hit in the knee by a pitch from Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson.

The Nationals managed to win the game 4-3 but, their star player had to leave the game during the seventh inning because of a knee contusion.

This wasn’t the first time in Harper’s young career where he was drilled in the knee or in the leg by a pitch.

Here are some instances in which this occurred.

When the Nationals played the Atlanta Braves in 2013, Harper was drilled by a pitch thrown by Braves starter Julio Teheran.

Last season, Harper took a shot to the knee in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers:

The same thing occurred once again when the Nationals played the New York Mets towards the end of the 2015 regular season.

Bryce was hit in the knee by a pitch that was thrown by Mets ace Noah Syndergaard a.k.a "Thor."

After the shot he took to the knee against the Phillies, Harper is currently listed day-to-day and had to sit out the team's 5-1 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday night.

Hopefully for the Nationals and their fans, Harper's injury isn't anything too serious.