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Bryce Harper leaves game after crashing face-first into right field wall

May 14, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, said that his client received 11 stitches but did not suffer a concussion. He also jammed his shoulder and will sent for an X-ray. It’s not clear when he’ll play next, but it sounds like relatively good news under the circumstances. We should know more during the day on Tuesday.

12:10 AM: Bryce Harper left tonight’s game against the Dodgers in the bottom of the fifth inning after he crashed face-first into the right field wall at Dodger Stadium.

Harper suffered the injury when he was chasing after a ball off the bat of A.J. Ellis. He appeared to lose track of where he was before he ran into the fence at full-speed. The particular area he crashed into is not padded, so it made for a pretty scary impact.

Harper was on the ground for a couple of moments before he got to his feet and walked off the field under his own power, but he appeared dazed and had a cut on his chin and/or neck. The Nationals will undoubtedly send him for tests for a possible concussion.

You can watch video of the play below:

  1. evanwins - May 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    “I got it, I got it, I g-”

    Yeah, you got it.

    • aceshigh11 - May 14, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Did you watch the video? Not a joking matter.

      Kinda reminds me of Bump Bailey’s demise in The Natural. Scary.

      • cubanxsenators - May 14, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        It’s “Bump Baily”, no “e”.


    • ezthinking - May 14, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Nice boomerang route.

  2. sabatimus - May 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    If he’s not concussed I’ll be very surprised :/

  3. josemartez - May 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Yikes, did he ever hit that wall hard. Looked like he fell in slow motion after he made impact. Hope he’s okay.

    • mckludge - May 14, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      It’s such an odd video. Yeah, Bryce is only 20, which means he is young and stupid, but how do you forget that there is a wall out there?

      And afterward, it looked like it took him about a second to realized what he had done, and then he decided that maybe I’ll fall down now. Such a graceful collapse.

      • gilbert718 - May 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        why do you think every 20 year old is stupid? especially bryce, a guy who gets ‘it’ much more than a whole lot of big leaguers.

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        A brain doesn’t finish developing until a male is 27 years old. A woman has a fully developed brain at 25.

        I also live next to house of college students, and they have to be some of the stupidest people I have been around.

      • mckludge - May 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Koufax gets it.

        Gilbert, when you reach your 40s, you realize just how dumb your average 20 year old is. Including when you yourself were 20.

  4. hcf95688 - May 14, 2013 at 12:24 AM


  5. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - May 14, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Vin Scully said there may be some sort of wiring or netting in front of the scoreboard. Can’t tell from the video, but that was his speculation on how he cut his neck/hand.

    Either way, my heart almost stopped when he didn’t get right back up, really hope he’s ok and can come back soon.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      I think that scoreboard must be a little strange looking up close, perhaps messing with someone’s depth perception because he appeared to take one last step toward it while looking right at it. If he’d been able to correctly gauge what was there, you’d think he’d have tried to stop or duck away. Odd.

  6. approvenothing - May 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Sigh. /Facepalm

  7. goodellisruiningtheleague - May 14, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Oh boy this was JUST IN TIME to add salt to the wound of DC fans that had been watching the Capitals game.

  8. Marty - May 14, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    First HBT post about Harper in a week worth reading. And there have been a lot.

    • js20011041 - May 14, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      That’s a clown statement bro.

      My question for you is, why?

      As far as anyone in the public knows, Harper has conducted himself extremely well since he has come up. In fact, the only negative I’ve heard about him since he was in high school was that he was cocky. Well, fuck, if I was one of a handful of the most talented individuals in my profession in the world, I’d be a little cocky too.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 14, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        I can’t speak for Marty, but my take on his post is that it was not directed at Harper, rather the bloggers on HBT who post non-stories.

        I suppose in fairness to them, you are under pressure to post every two hours, so you start putting up non-sense

      • Marty - May 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Harper is great. HBT’s obsession is wearing with me.

  9. asimonetti88 - May 14, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Looks painful! Hope he’s ok!

    • faulkner22 - May 14, 2013 at 11:21 AM


  10. natslady - May 14, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Amanda Comak ‏@acomak 3m
    Bryce Harper required about 11 stitches but apparently no concussion per Scott Boras. Banged shoulder. Waiting for more info from Davey.

  11. coryfor3 - May 14, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Good thing he got moved to a safer position like outfield.

  12. bryceharpersmojo - May 14, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Hope he’s all right. Noone plays with the passion he does in the game today!

    • blacksables - May 14, 2013 at 3:32 AM

      Mariano Rivera disagrees.

    • ptfu - May 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Bryce Harper has passion? Ahh, another Jesus comparison.


  13. aceinthehole12 - May 14, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    That was kind of hard to watch. He ran into it like he seriously didn’t know it was there or that he had 5 more feet to attempt the play. Hope the kid is alright !

  14. indaburg - May 14, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    I’m very glad to hear it’s not as bad as it could have been from the looks of it. I love this guy’s all out effort.

  15. shoesforallsays - May 14, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    I really wish MLB would change the rules and declare a play dead immediately when a player goes down like that.

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 14, 2013 at 6:10 AM

      No thanks. Then you’d have guys flopping all the time to kill the other teams’ rally’s.

      • mckludge - May 14, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Yeah. We get enough of that in soccer and sometimes in football, too.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Actually, it is in the rule book already:

      The ball becomes dead when an umpire calls “Time.” The umpire-in chief shall call “Time” —

      (c) When an accident incapacitates a player or an umpire;

      But it is a judgment call, and if there is no danger to the injured player, you have to keep playing, otherwise phantom injuries will pop up. Even if the batter circles the bases rather then stays at first, you are talking about 10 seconds additional until the ball is dead anyway.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - May 14, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        That’s not totally accurate. If you read on in the rules:

        (h) Except in the cases stated in paragraphs (b) and (c)(1) of this rule, no umpire shall
        call “Time” while a play is in progress.

        Paragraph (c) is what you cited, but that’s not enough to call time DURING a play, only once the play is over.

        This is (c)(1):

        (c) When an accident incapacitates a player or an umpire;
        (1) If an accident to a runner is such as to prevent him from proceeding to a base
        to which he is entitled, as on a home run hit out of the playing field, or an
        award of one or more bases, a substitute runner shall be permitted to complete
        the play

  16. therealcial - May 14, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Sorry I missed that!!!!

  17. recoveringcubsfan - May 14, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    That was just bizarre, especially in that AZ’s right-center depth is actually 5 or 6 feet MORE than Nats Park’s, so it’s not like the Bryceler thought he was at home and had plenty of room. Totally weird. I guess he just lost the plot for whatever reason.

    Anyway, that was a heart-stopping collision. Not to be too serious, because it’s rare to see this and it was just a small number of people, but I am befuddled by the folks in the stands who you can see cheering Harper’s being on the ground, in real-time (in the clip that was on last night). Don’t they think about things like the fact that the kid has a mother and she would have been horrified if she’d been there? I also wonder if they’re hypocrites and clapped for him when he got up. At least when Werth broke his wrist last year, the Phillies fans in CF were consistent: they razzed him before the play and they razzed him afterwards, too. Not much of an improvement, but if you’re going to be a jerk out of the box, don’t pretend to be a sport the next minute.

    Anyway, soapbox put away. Just wanted to make that public statement for anyone who isn’t sure whether it’s OK to cheer an opponent’s injury. I mean, obvious, right?

    • combattvgirl - May 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      I don’t think they were cheering at Harper’s injury; I think most of them thought Harper just missed the catch, not that he’d crashed into the wall. The stadium got really quiet once they showed Harper on the ground.

  18. jm91rs - May 14, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Wow that’s a painful collision. Hope he comes back soon.

    Something weird happened there, he was completely lost to not realize he was even on the warning track. Even seemed to be taking another step as he slammed it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy hit a wall that hard without even having a play on the ball.

  19. heeterjoe - May 14, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Weird. He didn’t see the wall OR THE BALL (which hit the wall 3 ft to his right). Completely disoriented. Josh Hamilton had a similar misplay last night, but he stopped before he hit the wall. I will be interested to hear what he has to say – if he remembers it.

  20. losanginsight - May 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Damn! Harper loves crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium. He did this last year too but not as vicious.

  21. MyTeamsAllStink - May 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    The Dodgers have been crashing into the wall all season.Good that Harper wasn’t seriously injured

  22. combattvgirl - May 14, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Those LCD screens in the outfield are a lot like the ivy-covered walls at Wrigley; you’re not gonna bounce off them without some damage. I’m sure he’s shaken up on the inside. Glad he’s okay.

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