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Nationals OF Harper out with bruised ankle

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg sits in the dugout after being lifted in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Washington. The Braves won 11-10 in 11 innings. Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg sits in the dugout after being lifted in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Washington. The Braves won 11-10 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 21, 2012
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WASHINGTON—Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals' 4-0 loss against the Atlanta Braves because of a bruised left ankle.

X-rays were negative, according to manager Davey Johnson, who was uncertain if the 19-year-old outfielder would play in the finale of Saturday's day-night doubleheader.

Harper fouled a bunt off his ankle in the bottom of the first inning of the opener. Limping and doubled over in pain for several moments, he completed the at-bat by striking out.

The first time All-Star returned to center field in the second inning, but Roger Bernadina replaced him on defense for the top of the third with the Nationals trailing 1-0.

Harper is batting .269 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 71 games this season.

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