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Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) jumps after forcing out Chicago Cub's Jon Jay (30) on a ball hit by Kris Bryant, who was safe at first during seventh the inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington. Kyle Schwarber scored on the play. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Daniel Murphy has knee surgery

- The Washington Times

The Washington Nationals announced Friday afternoon that their All-Star second baseman had knee surgery Friday. They did not provide a timeline for his return.

Washington Nationals fans watch the action during Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in Washington. The Cubs won 9-8 and won the series. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

LOVERRO: To be a Washington fan is to embrace the heartache

It was a subdued crowd, but who would expect much more from the seventh game of an 82-game schedule that no one should expect to lead to anything -- other than, perhaps, something like a 9-8 Game 5 loss to the Cubs. A 115-105 Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics. A 19-10 season-ending loss to the New York Giants. Or, of course, a 2-0 Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.