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Bryce Harper exits game with leg injury

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Nationals slugger Bryce Harper made a hasty departure from Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Reds after taking a pitch off of his right leg in the sixth inning. He was immediately attended to by a team trainer and was able to finish out the inning, but appeared to be limping after he attempted to track down a leadoff double in the seventh and was quickly pulled from the game. The team has yet to reveal a formal diagnosis for their star outfielder.

Harper went 0-for-3 against the Reds’ Matt Harvey and Austin Brice after collecting a single and double in the first game of the doubleheader. While his season totals aren’t exactly hitting career-high marks — entering Saturday, he slashed .230/.377/.492 with 26 home runs and an .869 OPS across 464 PA in 2018 — he’s started to amp up his production levels in the second half so far.

Following Harper’s departure in the seventh, Adam Eaton manned right field in his place. The Nationals are on pace to split the doubleheader with the Reds following their 7-1 loss this afternoon; they’re currently leading 6-2 in the eighth.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.