Bryce Harper Helped Off Field After Suffering Scary Knee Injury

Washington Nationals' Pedro Severino right douses Howie Kendrick after the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants Sunday Aug. 13 2017 in Washington. Kendrick hit a walkoff grand slam in the 11th inning. The Nati

Washington Nationals' Pedro Severino right douses Howie Kendrick after the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants Sunday Aug. 13 2017 in Washington. Kendrick hit a walkoff grand slam in the 11th inning. The Nati

Right now, the Nats are out of healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster since Michael Taylor and Jayson Werth are on the disabled list as well. He signed with the Nationals, spent time in the minor leagues and is now back in the majors having success as a starter with one of the best teams in baseball. Harper sustained the injury in the first inning of Saturday's series opener against the Giants after slipping on first base and hyperextending his left knee.

"He was in obvious pain and he was praying and I was praying, too", said manager Dusty Baker, adding that Harper would have an MRI.

Rizzo diagnosed the bone bruise as significant but said he is optimistic that Harper will return later this season.

The injury to Harper opens up playing time in the outfield but would present a hard challenge if he's not ready by the start of the postseason.

The Nationals now hold a 14-game lead in the National League East, and it doesn't seem that there will a be historic collapse for the team. Giants manager Bruce Bochy realizes the situation Stratton faced. It was raining steadily when Harper's injury happened.

But they're just 5-9 in the playoffs and still haven't won a postseason series since the 1981 National League Division Series, when they were the Montreal Expos (the only postseason series win in franchise history).

Zimmerman had an RBI double and Daniel Murphy drove in a run with a single after Harper, the third batter for the Nationals, left the game.

Washington Nationals' Brian Goodwin, right, steals second against San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, left, during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Washington.

"He (Strickland) has, I think both of them have, it's one of those incidents you have to put behind you", Bochy said. This season, with the Giants off in a ditch, Baker is set to pass him once more. The 2015 MVP is hitting.326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs in 106 games this season, and his presence in the lineup is crucial to Washington playing deep into October.