Bryce Harper leaves game with thumb injury

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Bryce Harper had a bases-clearing triple, but he paid for it.
Bryce Harper had a bases-clearing triple, but he paid for it. (USATSI)

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was forced to leave Friday night's game against San Diego with what looked like a left thumb injury. Harper was replaced in the lineup after this bases-clearing triple:

As can be easily seen, the issue came up when he slid head-first into third base and caught his thumb area awkwardly. Nate McLouth took Harper's spot in the lineup. After the game, it was revealed that X-rays were negative and Harper will be re-evaluated Saturday. For now, neither Harper nor the Nationals believe it is serious and they're calling it a jammed thumb. (Mark Zuckerman).

Harper, 21, is hitting .289/.352/.422 with four doubles, two triples, a homer, nine RBI and eight runs this season. He throws right-handed, but hitting with an injured thumb is pretty tough.

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