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Wire Taps: Big blow for Nationals - Bryce Harper hyperextends left knee; Stephen Strasburg to make rehab start Monday...

It didn’t look good. Washington Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper injured his left leg on a rainy night in the nation’s capital. MRI results to come...

San Francisco Giants v Washington Nationals Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Dusty Baker talked about putting up with another delay before Saturday night’s game, after the series opener with the San Francisco Giants was postponed on Friday.

“Well, it’s an inconvenience,” Baker said, “but what can you do about Mother Nature?”

“You just have to adjust and roll with it. No sense complaining, no sense doing anything because there is nothing you can do about it.

“You just have to be at the mercy of Mother Nature, so you try to adjust the best way you can.”

Three-plus hours after the scheduled start time for Saturday’s game, the Nationals and Giants finally started their three-game series.

In the bottom of the first inning, with rain still falling in D.C., Bryce Harper slipped on a wet first base bag running out a grounder to first and suffered a left knee/leg injury.

Curse MLB for starting the game in the rain after a serious downpour. Complain (and I’ll agree probably) about the bases they use in the major leagues, which have no give, and are really slick AF in the rain, etc., but it’s not going to change the fact that Harper has apparently/could have suffered a serious injury.

Just read the links now and try to avoid being depressed. Doubleheader today. 1:05 and 7:05 PM. Links below...


Nationals' Bryce Harper injured, exits game
"The crowd at Nationals Park, which waited out a 3:01 rain delay, fell nearly silent as Harper stayed on the ground in obvious pain with team athletic trainers and coaches coming out to check on him before ultimately carrying him off the field."

Nationals' Bryce Harper injured, exits game
"Harper walked around the clubhouse after the game with his left leg bandaged below the knee. However, the full extent of the All-Star outfielder's injury was still unknown."

Bryce Harper hyperextends knee, MRI Sunday (Nats 3-1 win)
"Following a three-hour rain delay, the Nationals lost right fielder Bryce Harper to a left knee injury when he slipped on first base as he tried to beat out a grounder in the first inning."

Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent knee injury
"Harper remained on the ground for a few minutes as the ballpark went silent. Hitting coach Rick Schu and trainer Paul Lessard then helped him off the field."

Nats' Harper leaves game with apparent left knee injury
"Bryce Harper appeared to injure his left knee when he slipped on a wet first base, a potentially devastating blow to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals."


Stephen Strasburg to pitch for Potomac on rehab assignment Monday
"Strasburg will pitch for Potomac because the Nationals’ other minor league affiliates are off Monday."

Strasburg likely Monday in Potomac for rehab start; plus injury updates
"Maddux said Strasburg will throw a maximum of 75 pitches Monday."

Baker tries to leapfrog Bochy and Piniella on managerial win list
"Bochy currently has 1,835 career managerial wins, tied for 14th on the all-time list with Lou Piniella. Sitting directly behind them with 1,834 career wins?"

U-Va. product Sean Doolittle on Charlottesville rally: ‘It’s the worst kind of hatred. It’s disgusting.’
"Ryan Zimmerman, another U-Va. product, echoed Doolittle’s concerns about the perception Saturday’s events may create about the university and Charlottesville."


Shea: Sean Doolittle gives Dusty Baker relief with Nationals
"In the A’s clubhouse, Madson noticed Doolittle wasn’t his easygoing self."

Nationals defeat Giants but lose Bryce Harper to knee injury
"Harper’s face twisted in agony as he held his left knee. It took a trainer and a base coach to assist him off the field."