The Nationals' best hope is that Harper sustained nothing beyond a hyperextension. The Nationals are 69-45 and the Giants are 46-71, including 0-4 this year against Washington. 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. He struck out five batters, walked one and surrendered five base hits, including a solo home run by second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning.
Harper's loss will be felt by a team that is on pace to win 97 games yet will enter October as nobody's favorite because of the historic dominance that has happened at Dodger Stadium this season. He is tied for the Major League lead with 14 two-strike home runs this season, and leads MLB with 12 first-inning longballs. Harper pulled a hard grounder that looked like an RBI double before it found Jones' outstretched glove. Jones reached the base first for the out, but as soon as Harper's left foot touched the bag, he went airborne.
He was helped off the field and did not put any weight on his left leg as athletic trainer Paul Lessard and hitting coach Rick Schu helped him to the clubhouse. The All-Star has been sidelined since leaving his July 23 start at Arizona after two innings.
"He was in obvious pain, and he was praying and I was praying, too". Baker said Bochy was the first one to call him when he was sacked by Cincinnati, and Baker called in April when Bochy had a heart procedure.
But there are worse things than waiting through rain delays and postponements.
There's a good chance Baker passes Bochy in this series.
"When talking about building an organization, you'd be short-sighted you'd be short-sighted to think about the 25 men on the major league roster", Rizzo said.
Bochy went on to say that he believes both Strickland and Harper have put the incident behind them, and acknowledged that what took place is a fact of life in baseball.