Report: Nationals’ Bryce Harper could return next week

Bryce Harper was forced to leave the Nationals/Giants game in the first inning after landing awkwardly on first base.

The Washington Nationals are optimistic that Bryce Harper will return next week, as reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Harper has been out since Aug. 12 when he hyperextended his knee while running to first base in a rainy game against the San Francisco Giants.

In 106 games this season, the 24-year-old sits fourth in the MLB with a .326 batting average and has racked up 29 home runs and 84 RBIs.