Chris Stratton Dominates in Giants Win Against Nationals

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His leg buckled, he went airborne and fell to the ground as his helmet went flying.

"I'm just glad to have Michael back especially (since) it's been a tough year injury-wise", he said. "It was a little wet".

I think Scherzer has the upper hand and hopefully he gets some support to work with... "It's just one of those freak plays where you kind of thought there would be a collision and there wasn't and that might be part of it, too".

After rolling on the ground in pain for minutes and being helped off the field without putting weight on his leg, "Harper was prayin' and I was prayin'", said manager Dusty Baker. Obviously, you don't wish an injury on anybody no matter the situation.

Losing a player who could be the MVP this season would severely dampen the team's title hopes.

"It was definitely a relief", Harper said Sunday.

The Nationals lost catcher Wilson Ramos to a torn ACL in his right knee in late September last season, another noncontact injury that came after a rain delay in Washington. The Nats have had their share of injuries this season and they've fought to overcome them, but I'm not sure any amount of fight can will them past the Los Angeles Dodgers or Houston Astros without Bryce Harper.

Understand: It wasn't Major League Baseball who really brought the sport back to Washington, D.C. It wasn't ownership.

His strike from the outfield to get Joe Panik attempting to score kept the Nationals within striking distance of the Giants on Sunday night. The Nationals and Giants are set to play a doubleheader on Sunday.

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Moore still had his issues, as he gave up a pair of solo home runs and threw more than one pitch straight into the backstop.

Harper entered Saturday's game with a.327 average and 29 home runs for the NL East-leading Nationals.

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34).

As for Harper, Dan Kolko of MASN said the injury "doesn't seem like a season-ender" but noted the team hasn't put an official timetable on his eventual return. It is 2017, when the Nationals - on those rare occasions when they're fully formed - have their deepest, best, most risky team in their history.

Harper has been on the disabled list only twice in his career: In 2013, he missed 31 games with left-knee bursitis, and in 2014, he missed 57 games after having surgery on his left thumb.

While Harper's loss is a blow to the Nationals' lineup, it's certainly not the worst-case scenario for their star hitter.

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

"It's your traditional 12-to-6 type of breaker and he has good command of it", Bochy said.

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