The words of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker were echoed by teammates, opponents, as well as thousands of fans after Saturday's scary injury to Bryce Harper's leg that saw him contorted in pain down the first base line after slipping on the wet base and hyperextending his knee. 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.
"We dodged a bullet here", said Rizzo, who also noted that it was "pretty remarkable" that Harper avoided a more significant injury to the ligaments or tendon in his knee. Assuming Harper doesn't hit any snags in the rehab process, he could be looking at a return to the field sometime in mid- to late September. Harper is slashing.327/.420/.616 on the season.
The Nationals placed Harper on the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee. The 2015 NL MVP is 10-for-28 with two homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored in his last seven contests, but went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts during Washington's three-game sweep of San Francisco. "We're just hoping for the best".
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Stratton (1-2) allowed five hits and one walk in his fourth major league start, and Sam Dyson got three outs for his ninth save in 14 chances.
ANGELS 6, MARINERS 3 Luis Valbuena's two-run home run in the seventh inning pulled visiting Los Angeles even, Albert Pujols added a two-run double in the eighth and the Angels rallied for a victory over Seattle.
Buster Posey and Hunter Pence will rest in Game 1 as Bruce Bochy goes left-heavy against right-hander A.J. Cole. The Washington Nationals have tabbed veteran right hander Max Scherzer as the starter against the San Francisco Giants.