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.
As they did with Starlin Castro a year ago, the Cubs have moved quickly to lock up first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a long-term contract, giving them a chance to build a team around him into the next decade. The deal is reportedly a seven-year deal with $41 million with two club options for $14.5 million that could bring the total to $73 million. Some may criticize Cubs President Theo Epstein for committing to Rizzo, but this is a smart move. Rizzo is an excellent defender at first base and his offensive production continues to improve and he does not turn 24 years old until August. Like the Castro deal, Rizzo's deal is team friendly while leaving resources for the Cubs to jump into the free agent market when the Cubs are closer to contending.