By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Nationals say Bryce Harper has a “significant” bone bruise in his left knee but no ligament damage, and general manager Mike Rizzo is hopeful the star oufielder will be back this season.
Harper injured his knee when he slipped on first base in the first inning of a rain-delayed game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. Rizzo said Sunday that Harper had an MRI afterward that showed no structural damage.
Rizzo says there’s no timetable for Harper to return. The team is placing him on the 10-day disabled list and activating outfielder Michael Taylor.
Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is having another spectacular season for division-leading Washington, hitting .326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs.