Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper Injury Update: Bad Bruise From Collision With Wall Last Night; Harper Leaves Game W/ Braves Early

Kevin C. Cox

The Washington Nationals' 20-year-old superstar outfielder Bryce Harper left tonight's game early after he was seen visibly wincing after a check swing, but Nats' skipper Davey Johnson said after the win over the Atlanta Braves that he'd just aggravated the bruised area.

Bryce Harper leapt at the wall last night as he tracked a line drive to right off Tim Hudson's bat and made a leaping attempt to keep it in the yard. The Washington Nationals' 20-year-old outfielder hit the wall hard enough with his left side that the ball, which he got to, bounced out of his glove as he collided with the fence and continued over the wall for a solo home run in what ended up an 8-1 Braves' win. Harper showed reporters the resultant bruise after the game:

The bruise didn't keep the 2012 NL Rookie of the year out of tonight's game in Turner Field, but a check swing in a sixth inning at bat against the Braves' Paul Maholm had Harper wincing in pain at the plate. He stayed in the game, lining out sharply to first on a violent swing at the next pitch, but after he was examined by the Nats' trainers and after a talk with Davey Johnson, Harper was lifted from the game in favor of outfielder Roger Bernadina. There was no immediate word on any injury, but after the game, Nationals' manager Davey Johnson talked to reporters about what the issue was:

No need to panic for now, but with Jayson Werth dealing with ankle and hamstring issues, it might be an interesting outfield in the series finale in Atlanta.

• Here's the play from last night that caused the bruising:


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