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Harper Bloodied After Bat Mishap

The 19-year-old needed 10 stitches over his left eye Friday night



    Harper Bloodied After Bat Mishap

    Bryce Harper is probably going to be a perennial All-Star for the Nationals, entertaining baseball fans with his power, speed and other superstar talents.

    But right now, he’s still just a 19-year-old playing in the big leagues.

    Friday night, Harper had a rough time at the plate, going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts in Washington's 7-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

    After one of his at-bats, the phenom went into the clubhouse, grabbed a bat, and swung it against a wall.

    Unfortunately, the bat bounced off the wall and struck him right over the left eye.

    Television cameras caught the right fielder bleeding during a stoppage in play in the bottom of the eighth inning, with center fielder Rick Ankiel apparently alerting Harper to the extent of his injury.

    It was later revealed Harper needed 10 stitches to close the gash over his eye.

    Manager Davey Johnson said he’s not sure if Harper will play the next couple days.

    "I'll speak to him about it," manager Davey Johnson told reporters after the game. "The equipment is supposed to take the brunt of it. We'll address that."

    "I've done it a million times," Harper said. "It's just a heat-of-the-moment thing. It came back and got me."

    What do you think of Harper’s bloody outburst? Is it just an isolated incident, or should Nationals brass sit down with the 19-year-old to discuss his actions? Let us know below in the comment section!