In a Saturday night game against the San Francisco Giants, the Washington Nationals' strong season suffered a swift gut punch, as superstar right fielder Bryce Harper slipped on a wet base, causing his leg to buckle and sending him to the ground.
The Washington Nationals have provided the Bryce Harper injury update that Major League Baseball fans were waiting for.
Harper lost his footing running out a ground ball and was unable to put weight on his leg as he left the field, sparking fears of an ACL or MCL tear.
It was easy to assume that Harper was gone for the season, and it was just as easy to start worry about when he would be back in 2018.
"Jackson was a little shaky early, had a lot of pitches, but settled down in the middle innings and took us to our pen and took us to the seventh", Manager Dusty Baker said.
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey looks on during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington.
Harper is expected to speak to reporters on Sunday afternoon.
"Today was definitely one of those, dig-deep-and-see-what-you-made-of days", Jackson said.
Madson got a huge assist in the ninth from rookie left fielder Stevenson. Fellow outfielder Michael Taylor (right oblique strain) was activated from the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move and will assume Harper's spot on the active roster for the time being.
"We dodged a bullet here", said Mike Rizzo, adding that it was "pretty remarkable" that Harper avoided a more significant injury.