It had been raining for most of the night, as the game didn't start until around 10 p.m. E.T. following a three-hour rain delay. The right fielder lunged for first base and slipped on the bag, and his leg appeared to buckle awkwardly. Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes after making the second out.
Harper was unable to put weight on his leg and was carried off the field by his hitting coach and the team trainer. His final season in the majors yielded uneven results, pairing an impressive 25 home runs with a less impressive.196/.257/.453 batting line in 362 PA. The big boppers in the middle of the order have stayed relatively healthy and the top four in the rotation have avoided major problems, though Stephen Strasburg is one of Washington's 11 players on the disabled list.
Rockies sign Howard • The Colorado Rockies agreed to a minor-league contract with first baseman Ryan Howard, a native St. Louisan who will report to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Elsewhere • Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (lower back soreness) is scheduled to throw a second bullpen session Sunday.
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Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin to race in final duel on Saturday
Gatlin was one of many competitors who suggested a lengthy wait ahead of Saturday's relay may have contributed to Bolt's injury. Olympic great Usain Bolt reacts in despair after injury cost him a relay medal at the world athletics championships in London.