Monday, May 13, 2013
Updated: May 14, 6:50 PM ET
Bloody Bryce Harper leaves game
ESPN.com news services
LOS ANGELES -- Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning after the star ran full-on into the scoreboard in right field at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.
Harper was trying to make a play on a ball hit by A.J. Ellis when he smacked face-first into the scoreboard. The impact sent his cap flying as he bounced off the wall and crumpled to the ground. Center fielder Denard Span had to come in to field the ball.
Harper rolled onto his back and eventually got up under his own power. Streaks of blood were evident on his neck as he walked off the field. The Nationals went on to win 6-2.
He received 11 stitches in his chin and jammed his shoulder, but didn't sustain a concussion. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that X-rays were taken on the shoulder for precaution, according to the Washington Post, which also reported Harper has a bruised neck and knee and might miss one or two games.
"Bryce is going to be all right," Johnson told reporters.
It was the right fielder's second game back after missing two games with an ingrown toenail.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said his team has discussed the potential for injury when players run into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium, which is not padded along the new high-definition scoreboard.
"It was scary. He just ran flat into the thing," Mattingly said. "Did he hit that chain link out there? That fencing in there is a little dangerous. You hit that, you're going to feel it."
When reporters were allowed into the Dodgers clubhouse, shortstop Hanley Ramirez immediately turned to ask, "Is he OK?"
Information from The Associated Press and ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon was used in the story.