Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper suffers brutal injury after slipping on first base

Daniel Baker left and Taylor Triggs of Arlington Va. wait under the concourse during a rain delay of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals Friday Aug. 11 2017 in Washington

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper avoided structural damage in his injured left knee but the All-Star will be out indefinitely because of a significant bone bruise, the team announced Sunday. Despite many fans waiting out the delay, the stadium went eerily silent in the minutes after Harper's injury.

Harper walking up the stairs provided some hope, and an MRI revealed what the Washington Nationals hope is season-saving news.

Harper had to be carried off after not being able to put any weight on the leg. "We're just urging everybody out there that are Nationals fans and baseball fans to say a prayer for him tonight because he was in obvious pain out there".

Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes. If Harper has that same injury, that would devastate the team's chances of reaching their ultimate goal of a World Series championship.

The game had been delayed due to heavy rains and it still was sprinkling when the game began. The Nationals are 69-45 and the Giants are 46-71, including 0-4 this year against Washington.

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"The same reaction everybody had - silence goes over the crowd", Baker said after Saturday night's game.

Rookie Andrew Stevenson came on to play center field in the second and Brian Goodwin moved from center to right. The Nationals have been in cruise control for the majority of 2017 and despite some key injuries have maintained a sizeable lead in the National League East.

Nationals: OF Michael Taylor was activated from the 10-day DL after missing 29 games with a right oblique strain.

Harper is certainly someone the Nationals need in order to compete in October. "I'm very optimistic that he'll be at least fine shortly".

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