Bryce Harper avoids ligament/tendon damage to left knee

The news could have been much worse for Bryce Harper and the Nationals.

General manager Mike Rizzo announced Sunday morning that Harper does not have ligament or tendon damage in his left knee after a scary-looking injury during Saturday night’s game vs. the San Francisco Giants.

Harper suffered a “significant” bruise on the play, according to Rizzo, and the club is hopeful he will be back this season.

“We dodged a bullet here,” Rizzo said Sunday.

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper slips on the edge of the base as he tried to beat out a ground ball.

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper slips on the edge of the base as he tried to beat out a ground ball.

(Nick Wass/AP)

An MRI revealed no structural damage. Harper was placed on the 10-day disabled list and the Nationals activated Michael Taylor ahead of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Giants.

The 2015 NL MVP was running out a ground ball in the first inning when the injury occured.

In an effort to avoid contact with Giants first baseman Ryder Jones, Harper slipped on the wet base and went airborne. He clutched his left knee after he fell to the ground. He was helped off the field and was unable to put weight on his left leg.

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Bryce Harper is helped off the field after suffering the knee injury in the 1st inning Saturday night.

(Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

There was a three-hour rain delay to start the game.

The superstar outfielder is hitting .327 with 26 home runs and 81 RBI this season for the NL East-leading Nationals.

Washington, despite having already used 12 outfielders this season due to injuries to Adam Eaton, Jayson Werth and Taylor, has a 14 1/2-game lead in the division.

With The Associated Press 

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