"Although we feel we've dodged a bullet a bit here with any long-term ligament and tendon damage, the bone bruise is something of significance", Rizzo said, according to the Washington Post. "We were going to have to go after Zimmerman there instead of Harper, but we ended up going after the wrong guy".
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Dan Kolko of MASN said the Nationals didn't put an official timetable on the slugger's return but granted it "doesn't seem like a season-ender".
The Nationals now have "no timeline whatsoever" for Harper's return, according to Rizzo.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, "I don't know what happened really".
The Nationals entered play Sunday with a 14.5-game lead in the National League East. "That's baseball. We have to roll with that".
MASN reporter Dan Kolko tweeted a positive message for the Nationals and their fans after the game about Harper. This season, Harper's hitting.327/.420/.616 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI and 92 runs scored. It's been a long year for the Giants who have been struggling since after the 2016 All Star game and have done so in 2017 and the National League West is not a division to struggle in. Forget the part where the Nationals haven't even won a postseason series since 1981, when they were the Expos, and how losing Harper was going to make that a much more hard hill to climb.
"I don't think he has any fear", Baker said. And shortly after the game starter, Harper's injury reminded the clubs of the danger of playing in harsh conditions. The Nationals don't have another Harper in the system, and neither does anyone else in baseball.