Harper is hit by pitch, leaves in ninth inning
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.