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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.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.