Harper is hit by pitch, leaves in ninth in­ning

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Bryce Harper left Satur­day’s game in the top of the ninth in­ning af­ter tak­ing a 95 mph fast­ball from Brew­ers re­liever Michael Blazek to the left knee. Blazek tried to pitch in­side to Harper, but the fast­ball was too far in. Harper at­tempted o jump out of the way, but the ball hit him on the top part of the knee, near the quad mus­cle.

Harper hob­bled around near the bat­ter’s box, hunched over and then left the game with head trainer Lee Kuntz. Harper was even slow get­ting down the dugout steps.

“It hurts,” Harper said af­ter­ward, still sport­ing a limp. “Re­ally bad. Squared me up pretty well.”

Harper said he if he doesn’t feel well Sun­day, he won’t play. Harper has started all but one of the Na­tion­als’ 62 games so far this sea­son.

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