Washington Nationals superstar rookie Bryce Harper is often described as playing the game at full-speed with top-notch intensity at all times. On Friday night, he injured himself during a game in Cincinnati when he took out his frustrations in the clubhouse. While the Nationals' offense broke out against the Reds, the leftfielder was 0 for 5 at the plate and apparently slammed a bat into a wall in anger. The bat promptly retaliated by ricocheting off the wall and catching him in the head. Via Amanda Comak of The Washington Times:
Harper took his frustrations out on the wall, w a bat. Davey said the bat came back & hit him. May need a stitch or 2, may be out few days— Amanda Comak (@acomak) May 12, 2012
The resulting gash apparently required 10 stitches, perhaps putting him in jeopardy for Saturday night's game against the Reds. But the 19 year-old phenom told Adam Kilgore that he will be ready to play:
Bryce Harper had a golf ball-sized lump over his eye, clumps of blood in his hair. 10 stitches. "I'm fine," he said. Wants to play tomorrow.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 12, 2012
Here's a pic of the damage, caught by @bstouttt:
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