Bryce Harper injured his knee during an awkward play at first base

Bryce Harper injured his knee during an awkward play at first base

Outfielder Bryce Harper exited the Washington Nationals' series opener against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park late Saturday night with an apparent left knee injury during the first inning.

In the bottom of the first inning, Bryce Harper hit a ground ball to first base and sprinted to the bag, racing past starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

There has been no update on Harper's injury.

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In reality, losing a player of Harper's ability would be damaging for any team. He could miss a few games, a few weeks or the rest of the season. He is among the National League's leaders in batting average, home runs and RBIs this season.

Harper is now one of the leaders in the NL MVP race and is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI.

For all of the Nationals' injuries this season, and there have been plenty of them, they have been able to avoid anything catastrophic since Eaton tore his anterior cruciate ligament. Adam Lind could be the first replacement option after his strong start to the year, although the entire roster will have to contribute to keep the offense afloat as long as Harper is unavailable.