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Bryce Harper has a bone bruise, but the Nats remain hopeful he'll return this season

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Updated August 13, 2017 07:59 PM EDT

The Washington Nationals' General manager Mike Rizzo said Bryce Harper has a "significant" bone bruise in his left knee after slipping on a wet first base during the first inning of a rain-delayed game against the San Francisco Giants.

Although there is no definitive timeline for Harper's return, Rizzo said he remains hopeful that the star outfielder will be back before the end of the season.

"It was definitely a relief," Harper said Sunday. "We're going to take some time to definitely let it heal. I want to be at 100 percent whenever I play. The World Series is definitely on my mind, playoffs, things like that."

Despite a bone bruise being a significant injury, Rizzo said the Nationals feel like they "dodged a bullet."

The Associated Press contributed to this update.

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper seriously hurt his left knee after slipping on a wet first base in a game against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, USA Today reported.

Harper put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field and immediately left the game. National's manager Dusty Baker said Harper hyper-extended his knee.

Baker said Harper definitely was in pain and that he will have an MRI.

“I’m asking for prayers that it’s not serious,” Baker said.

Even with Harper out, the Nationals beat the Giants 3-1

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