When Bryce Harper went down Saturday night during the Nationals' game against the San Francisco Giants, everyone in D.C. stopped breathing for a moment. This was true even for Nats GM Mike Rizzo. "We've all felt it," Rizzo said.
Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals suffered a significant bone bruise on his left knee last weekend when he slipped awkwardly on first base following a rain delay lasting more than three hours. The Nationals avoided disaster, as Harper didn’t suffer any ligament damage, but the outfielder’s injury makes Washington’s stretch run a bit more difficult and calls into question whether MLB should tweak its rules. On the flip side, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has had far better luck recently, launching home runs on an almost nightly basis. Some wonder whether Stanton, who set a Marlins single-season franchise record with his 43rd homer earlier this week, could launch 60 bombs before all is said and done.
Brian Goodwin is just the latest Washington Nationals’ outfielder to go down with an injury. “He just had a little tightness in his leg, in the groin,” Dusty Baker said Sunday. “So we didn’t want to take any chances. So, they’re working on him now, they’re going to evaluate it. It’s getting tough, I’m glad we got bodies and quality players.” Baker was asked for an update before Tuesday’s matchup with the LA Angels, but he said not much had changed since he last spoke to reporters. “It’s only been one day,” Baker explained, “I haven’t talked to my trainer about it but I know he can’t — unless he’s found some miracle drug it’s probably the same, because he’s not dressed today, so I haven’t had