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Ebony Scott
August 14, 2017

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". It was raining steadily when Harper's injury happened.

Jackson got the nod last Saturday in place of Gio Gonzalez (paternity list), overcoming a four-run first inning to work four more clean frames in a 7-4 setback at the Chicago Cubs.

As the 24-year-old was running out a ground ball to the right of the infield, he avoided contact with first baseman Ryder Jones before his left foot slipped.

The Nationals won the clash against the Giants with a 3-1 triumph.

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.

Harper was hurt about 20 minutes after the first pitch, which came three hours later than planned because of a storm that hit Nationals Park in the evening. He tripped on the base and fell to the ground in obvious pain before being helped off the field without being able to put any weight on his leg.

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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. "And we're going to treat him cautiously and hopefully have him back later on this season". This time, he was scheduled to start Friday, but the game was rained out and Stratton was bumped two days so Jeff Samardzija could pitch Saturday on normal rest. Taking over as the Nationals' every day center fielder from April 29-July 6, Taylor hit.295, posted a.339 on-base percentage, and slugged.550. This season, with the Giants off in a ditch, Baker is set to pass him once more. He was talking to the Master.

"The good thing is he's young and strong", Baker said.

"We just ask for prayers that it's not serious", Baker told reporters after the game, according to MLB.com.

Chris Stratton is pitching Sunday's opener, Matt Moore the nightccap.

Harper didn't last long in his 106th game and was replaced by Andrew Stevenson, who took over in centre field with Brian Goodwin moving to right.

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