In last night’s Nationals-Dodgers game, Washington phenom outfielder Bryce Harper ran headlong into the outfield fence.
This is something that happens in baseball with aggressive defensive outfielders running after a ball. The weird thing with this one was that the collision with the wall seemed completely avoidable.
L.A. catcher A.J. Ellis drove a ball deep to right field, sending Harper towards the wall. He appeared to get turned around and lose his bearings, not realizing how close he was to the right field scoreboard and collided face first before hitting the ground.
After smashing into the unpadded scoreboard in right field, Harper laid on the ground for a few moments, a sure sign that he was hurt given that he’s considered one of the toughest players in the league.
The young star, according to his agent, required 11 stitches to his chin and will have his left shoulder examined. Luckily he somehow managed to avoid a concussion.
Looks like the baseball world has finally found something to slow Harper down.