Bryce Harper Gives Nationals A Major Scare

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There was a scary moment at Dodgers Stadium last night as Bryce Harper crashed into the right field wall chasing after a ball hit by A.J. Ellis. Harper immediately dropped to the ground after hitting the wall. Harper laid on the warning track motionless for a few minutes before standing up on his own. Nationals manager Davey Johnson was concerned Harper had a concussion. Blood started to trickle down Harper’s neck, but the good news was that Harper did not have to be carried off the field on a stretcher. He had 11 stitches and no concussion, and walked off without assistance. Harper is off to a great start this season hitting .303 with 10 home runs and 21 RBI. The Nationals will be cautious with Harper, but let's hope he is not out too long.  

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Justin Upton returned to Arizona for the first time since being traded by the Diamondbacks to the Braves. In this highly anticipated return, Upton made the Diamondbacks regret trading him as he went 4-for-5 with his first home run since late April.
  • B.J. Upton's season continues to go in the complete opposite direction from Justin's season. Upton suffered a left shoulder contusion Monday when he was hit by a pitch and is considered day-to-day. Unfortunate that he got hurt, but maybe a few days off will give Upton some to figure out how to dig himself out of this terrible start to the season.
  • Justin Masterson threw a gem on Monday against the Yankees for his sixth win of the season. Masterson gave up four hits in a 1-0 victory and now owns a 3.14 ERA after nine starts this year.
  • Jordan Zimmerman became the first pitcher in MLB to get to seven victories this year. Zimmerman allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings against the Dodgers. Zimmerman gave up nine hits, but no home runs and currently holds a 1.69 ERA for the season.
  • Austin Jackson (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a pulled hamstring. Avisail Garcia was called up from Triple-A Toledo and is expected to get the majority of the playing time in center field while Jackson is out.
  • Jean Segura went 3-for-5 with three stolen bases Monday against the Pirates. He now leads the National league with a .368 batting average and 13 stolen bases. It's unlikely Segura will continue to hit at this pace, but he should finish the season with a solid average and provide plenty of steals.
  • Billy Butler went 5-for-5 with five RBI in the Royals victory over the Angels Monday night.
  • Erick Aybar (hamstring) is expected to return to the Angels lineup today. The Angels need Aybar back in the lineup and setting the table for Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton to start driving him in.
  • Travis Wood threw seven scoreless innings Monday against the Rockies and has a 2.03 ERA through his eight starts this year.
  • Curtis Granderson could be activated from the disabled list Tuesday after he completed his fifth rehab game Monday at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.