Aug 19, 2011, 2:07 AM EDT
Updated at 11:38 p.m.
Bryce Harper had to be helped off the field in the eighth inning of Class AA Harrisburg's game tonight at Akron, the Nationals' top prospect after suffering a right hamstring injury that could prematurely end his first professional season.
Harper was advancing from first to third base on a double by teammate Archie Gilbert when he pulled up lame.
Amateur video showed the 18-year-old outfielder being helped off the field by Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley and a team trainer, not putting any weight on his right leg.
The Nationals later announced the injury as a hamstring strain and said Harper would be re-evaluated Friday.
There are only 2 1/2 weeks remaining in the minor-league season, so Harper wouldn't have much time to return to play if the injury is at all serious. A Nationals club official said unless Harper is capable ofRead more »
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