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Top prospect Harper injured in Akron

By Jonas Published: August 18, 2011

Harrisburg Senators outfielder Bryce Harper, last year's No.1 pick in the MLB draft and top rated prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America, had to be helped off the field by Senators manager Tony Beasley tonight and was removed from the game in the eighth inning at Canal Park in Akron.

Harper reached base on a walk and tried to advance to third base on a double by Archie Gilbert. After rounding second, Harper pulled up about halfway to third base and limped his way the rest of the way to the third. He did not put weight on his right leg as he was helped off.

“He felt his hammy a little bit when he was coming around second. We’ll see where he is at tomorrow," Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley said. "It’s hard to tell the severity of it at this point. I don’t think he popped it.”

Harper was unavailable for comment after the game, but was visible in the locker room, standing on the leg and did not seem in pain.

“It’s nothing major. We’ll just give it as much time as it needs and make sure he is okay before he gets back on the field,” Beasley said.  "He can walk on it fine. Tomorrow will tell us more, but i'm sure he’ll be down for a while."

Harper was 1-for-3 on the night with a single, strikeout and walk before the injury.

The Senators won the game 4-2.

Catcher Derek Norris hit a three-run home run in the sixth to give the Senators the advantage. Norris hit home runs in all three games of the series and has six home runs in his last 10 games.



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