Baseball fields have a warning track in the outfield for a reason, but Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper seemed to pay little attention to it on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Harper chased down an opposite-field deep shot in right field from catcher A.J. Ellis, and ran straight into the wall. Harper didn’t appear to know where the wall was as he slammed face-first into the scoreboard. The collision kept Harper on his back for quite some time as he was tended to by the team trainer.
Harper would walk off the field on his own power and to the applause of the visitor fans. He didn’t sustain a concussion, but did receive 11 stitches for his bleeding chin. He also jammed his shoulder.
According to late reports, Harper remains day-to-day. His x-rays came back negative, but he is sore. It is still unclear if he will be in the lineup on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old apparently won’t be changing the way he approaches the game. On Twitter, Harper posted: "I will keep playing this game hard for the rest of my life even if it kills me! Ill never stop! #RespectTheGame"
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The Nationals defeated the Dodgers, 6-2. The two clubs meet on Tuesday night at 10:10 pm Eastern time, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound for Los Angeles, while Dan Haren gets the start for Washington.