While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning Saturday night against the
Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers. The star outfielder put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field by hitting coach Rick Schu and head athletic trainer Paul Lessard.
The game began just after 10 p.m. EST following a three-hour rain delay. It was still raining when Harper's injury happened.
Harper was replaced by Andrew Stevenson, who took over in center field with
Harper, the 2015
Because of a bevy of injuries, the Nationals have used 12 outfielders this season. They have been without Adam Eaton since late April because of a torn ACL in his left knee that ended his season,
The Nationals lead the NL East by 14 games despite those injuries and more to starting pitchers
Harper is under contract through next season and can be a free agent in the winter of 2018.
The Boston Red Sox put second baseman
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make a minor league rehab start Monday at Class A Potomac. Strasburg has been on the disabled list since late July with a right elbow nerve impingement. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said Saturday that Strasburg is likely to throw about five innings and 75 pitches in his first rehab outing. If Strasburg's rehab appearance goes well, Washington could activate him to pitch in his hometown of San Diego against the Padres next weekend. Strasburg is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 20 starts this season. He left two innings into his last start July 23 with the injury. …
8:15 p.m.: This article has been updated with news of Bryce Harper's leg injury.