AKRON, Ohio -- Former No. 1 overall draft pick Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was carried off the field Thursday night after suffering an apparent leg injury on the bases in Double A Harrisburg's game against Akron.
Harper, who signed for $9.9 million after being made the No. 1 pick in 2010, was probably going to score from first on a long single when he pulled up just short of third base and hopped safely to the bag. Two team members carried him off the field, his leg fully extended, and into the clubhouse.
The injury wasn't immediately identified, and a Harrisburg official at the game declined to say when it would be. In the press box, speculation centered on a hamstring or ankle injury, with a hamstring issue thought to be the most likely -- as well as the least severe -- issue.
Harper is the second No. 1 overall pick of the Nationals to suffer an injury one year after being drafted. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the top pick in 2009, suffered an arm injury in 2010.
Harper is hitting .254/.324/.397 in 36 games at Harrisburg after starting the season at Single A Hagerstown, where he hit .318/.423/.554 with 14 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 72 games.