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Bryce Harper to undergo tests for nausea

May 15, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Well, maybe he’s going to continue running into walls.

The Nats say that Bryce Harper didn’t get a concussion when he smacked into the wall on Monday night. This, from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, makes you go hmmm:

“I feel kind of crappy today,” Harper said. “I feel a little carsick, I guess you could say, like the feeling of that. I don’t have a concussion or anything like that, which is very pleasant to hear.”

While all sides agreed Harper does not have a concussion after he was tested Monday night, Johnson said Harper would “probably” undergo more tests at some point because of the nausea. In 2011, baseball instituted new rules that force teams to follow specific protocol for players who may have experienced head trauma.

If the doctors say he doesn’t have a concussion, well, OK, he doesn’t have a concussion (maybe). But yikes.

  1. lyon810 - May 15, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Must be feeling queazy from that East Coast bias

  2. randall351 - May 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Umm.. there are no “tests for nausea”. Nausea is a symptom, not a disease. Would be like testing for a sore throat, no such thing, you either have a sore throat, or you don’t.

    The More You Know….

    • fivetoolmike - May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Who’s testing FOR nausea? Sounds like they’re doing more tests BECAUSE of it.

      • randall351 - May 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        Did you see that large text on top of the post that reads
        “Bryce Harper to undergo tests for nausea”?

      • asimonetti88 - May 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        “While all sides agreed Harper does not have a concussion after he was tested Monday night, Johnson said Harper would “probably” undergo more tests at some point because of the nausea.”

      • nolanwiffle - May 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Perhaps it should have been written, “Bryce Harper to undergo tests on account o’ nausea”

    • emoser - May 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Do you seriously sit there and try to pick apart grammar in headlines? There’s nothing wrong with the headline–it’s no different than saying “[Player] undergoes MRIs for back pain.”

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Estimated elapsed time between me reading the headline on the main HBT page and picturing a doctor using a tongue depressor to look down Harpers throat for some puke and declaring that “yep, he’s nauseous” while ducking out of the way : 0.2 seconds.

      • randall351 - May 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        You’re right it is no different than saying “[Player] undergoes MRIs for back pain” in that that would be the incorrect way of saying it as well.

  3. alexo0 - May 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I’m hoping the Nats do right by Harper and play it conservative with him. It would be somewhat hypocritical to do otherwise after last year’s drama with Strasburg.

    • ptfu - May 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Absolutely yes. Harper’s the Franchise just as much as Strasburg is. The Nats really ought to place him on the 7-day concussion DL, as a precaution if nothing more. If they can’t technically do that then seriously consider the 15-day DL.

      Besides, do they really want Harper playing with nausea anyway? How useful can he be? These are games in May, not the World Series.

      • goskinsvt - May 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        You can’t put him on the 7-day concussion DL if he doesn’t have a concussion, not allowable. Unless you come back and say ‘hey, he actually DOES have a concussion’, then it just makes you look incompetent.

      • cur68 - May 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Actually, concussion testing is so imprecise that you CAN come back after and say “Yep, that’s a concussion all right!” even if initially you said it wasn’t. If I understand this correctly, basically all you’re saying is that “he passed the first round of tests and is clear. BUT if symptoms manifest in the next few days…”. Part of deciding that it is or isn’t a concussion is “how your patient feels the next day and the manifestation of symptoms that were not there initially” not just if he passed the initial tests. I wouldn’t be the least surprised if they came back with a confirmed concussion diagnosis and its off to the 7 Day DL with young Bryce.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        What Cur said. No doctor should ever state that someone doesn’t have a concussion after head trauma, the best they can say is that they don’t see any evidence of it….because a person can be symptom-free for many days and still develop classic concussion symptoms.

  4. mybrunoblog - May 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I’m no doctor but I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night. Nausea is often a symptom of a concussion. Concussions aren’t something you can “play through”.
    Sounds like bad news. I’d watch this closely.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      I am no doctor either, and I can only afford to stay in the dumpster behind the Holiday Inn Express. But I agree – they should be very cautious. The brain can not slam against the side of your skull like that and not suffer some trauma

    • sportsdrenched - May 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      I’m not a Doctor either, but I have had extreme head trauma, and yeah, nausea came with it. The nausea eventually went away but I’m still talking giberrish on the internet.

  5. irreverendsara - May 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM


  6. chacochicken - May 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Yes, son, you are likely concussed. Take a day or maybe 7 as in DL7 and relax.

  7. cur68 - May 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    How DOESN’T he have a concussion? He ran face first, chin high into an unyielding wall. After he was helped to his feet he was asking if he made the play. He’s big, strong and young, but he is not made of steel.

    He needs to have a seat for a few days. I certainly hope he does do that and, in fact, takes at least a week off. Good luck, Bryce.

  8. randygnyc - May 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Holiday in or not, if it walks like a duck. Better have Bryce give Jason Bay a call (and if you think he was lying, like I do), have him call Morneau instead.

  9. tellyspop - May 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Perhaps the “DC Media Type” will have this headline on their next barftastic blog: “X-rays of Harper’s head showed nothing.”

  10. kneedeepinpujols - May 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Sounds to me like vestibular testing is in order. very easy for crystals in your ear to become dislodged with a hit like that or a fall. crystals then go into your semicicular canals and boom, instant dizziness and nausea.

    • nolanwiffle - May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      What the pajamas?!

      • gloccamorra - May 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        Believe it or not, he’s referring to crista ampullaris, cells in the ampulla near the three semicircular canals of the inner ear that regulate balance.

  11. chaser44 - May 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Morning sickness, he rooms with Jayson Werth on the road and couldn’t resist his flavor savor.

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