Washington is a head-turning 14.5 games ahead of the Miami Marlins in the National League East and appears comfortably on its way to the postseason.
Bryce Harper suffered a significant bone bruise in his left knee and is out indefinitely.
WASHINGTON - The Giants' baseball marathon resumes with Sunday's day game at Nationals Park, the second of three games in a 24-hour span.
That's especially important considering Harper can be a free agent after the 2018 season, crystallizing Washington's championship window with Max Scherzer in his prime and a lineup built with power around the 29-year-old face of the franchise, Daniel Murphy, Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman.
Since the Giants don't come back to D.C. this year, it was Major League Baseball's call on whether or not this game should be played.
Harper's injury came when he tripped on first base and fell to the ground in obvious pain. And they won't have a rested starter to take the ball on Wednesday. Forget the part where the Nationals haven't even won a postseason series since 1981, when they were the Expos, and how losing Harper was going to make that a much more hard hill to climb. He retired 10 straight hitters after he gave up a two-run home run to Alex Avila that put the Cubs up 4-1 in the first inning.
"He (Strickland) has, I think both of them have, it's one of those incidents you have to put behind you", Bochy said. Washington hopes the same fate doesn't happen to Harper.
Based on examinations and results of an MRI, the team said it's possible Harper will play again this season, which prompted a sigh of relief throughout the clubhouse, front office and fan base.
"The good thing is he's young and strong", Baker said. Right now, the Nats are out of healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster since Michael Taylor and Jayson Werth are on the disabled list as well.