Center fielder Denard Span tends to Bryce Harper after Harper ran into the wall chasing a triple in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Bryce Harper certainly put a scare into the Nationals and their fans late Monday evening when he violently collided with the outfield wall at Dodgers Stadium while running after an A.J. Ellis fly ball.
Harper did not see the wall until the last possible moment, smacking head-first into the scoreboard in right field. He crumpled to the ground and did not get up for several minutes before getting up, blood streaming from his chin. He needed 11 stitches to close the gash.
Harper also jammed his left shoulder on the play and is listed as day-to-day by the team.
"I saw him get close to the wall," Dernard Span told reporters, recalling what he saw from his vantage point in center field. "I thought he was going to try and jump and brace himself, maybe, and attempt to get the ball. He ran into the wall. He had no idea where he was. As soon as he ran into it, it was like his body locked up. I never saw anyone run into the wall like that."
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