Harper injury could be a problem for Nationals

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Updated: August 12, 2017

Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals’ 3-1 win against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday in the first inning after slipping on first base, and it’s unknown how much time he might miss. He’s fourth in the majors in slugging percentage (.614), fifth in batting average (.326) and OBP (.419) and tied for ninth in home runs (29).

What would a prolonged injury mean for the Nationals?

Since Harper made his MLB debut on April 28, 2012, the Nationals have the second-most regular-season wins in baseball (they’re 526-397), behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But they’re just 5-9 in the playoffs and still haven’t won a postseason series since the 1981 National League Division Series, when they were the Montreal Expos (the only postseason series win in franchise history).