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Bryce Harper taken out of Friday night’s game with apparent wrist injury

Apr 25, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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Not a good night to be a talented player. Chris Davis (link) and Devin Mesoraco (link) both exited games tonight with injuries of their own and now Bryce Harper has added his name to the list. James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals’ outfielder injured his wrist diving head-first into third base, completing a bases-clearing triple in the third inning against the Padres.

Wagner writes that Harper grimaced and grabbed at his left wrist, but stayed in the game initially. He did not take his position for the top of the fifth inning, however, as he was replaced by Nate McLouth. The severity of the injury isn’t yet known, as the Nationals will evaluate him further.

Harper hasn’t yet gotten started with the bat, slashing .272/.337/.383 in 89 plate appearances entering Friday’s game. He had made headlines recently for a lack of hustle, but it appears that his all-out style of play has once again led to an injury. Harper suffered a knee injury in May last season crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium, and it lingered throughout the season.

  1. thomas844 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    My goodness, I’m starting to think these MLB players are made out of glass.

  2. apkyletexas - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    That batting line is right about his career average. Anyone waiting for him to heat up may be in for a disappointment.

    • bigbenh8tr - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Yeah because it would be completely crazy to see him get better in his second full league season, right genius?

      • apkyletexas - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        Oh, so now it’s his “second full league season”? Need any more qualifiers there?

        Face it, entering his third almost “full” season (597 plate appearances in his first season and 497 in his second), he’s consistently batted .271 for 20-22 homeruns per year, or about one homerun per 25 at bats. So far this year he’s a bit off that pace.

    • paperlions - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      He’s 21 yrs old. Most guys his age are in A-ball. There is no reason to think that at 20 yrs old he’s already maxed out his ability.

  3. goskinsvt - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Hopefully just precautionary since they have a 1pm game tomorrow. Was having a 4 RBI night in 2 ABs.

  4. penguins87and71 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    No just Bryce Harper is made out of glass, hurt almost every other series.

  5. chill1184 - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    A little OT but with (at least to me anyway) the uptick in injuries would it make sense for MLB to start to consider roster expansion or taxi squads?

  6. musketmaniac - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    I think the injured players miss their creatine

  7. voteforno6 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Seems to be a jammed thumb.

  8. goskinsvt - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    “Per Matt Williams, Bryce Harper jammed left thumb. X ray’s negative. Will be reevaluated tomorrow but Nats believe it’s not serious.”

  9. peymax1693 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Head first sliding takes another casualty. If I was a manager I would fine any player who slides head-first $25,000.

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