Bryce Harper isn't invincible.
During the sixth inning of the Washington Nationals road game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harper was hot in pursuit of an A.J. Ellis fly ball to deep right field. Harper appeared to be in position to make a play on the ball, but just as he pulled up short, he met an unforgiving force.
The right field wall.
In a horrifying sight, Harper crumbled to the ground and lay motionless with his face in the dirt. Ellis rounded second base and stepped into third base safely, as Denard Span came over to hit the cut-off man.
More importantly, Harper rolled onto his back, and one of the few things we could see was blood.
Harper didn't just collide with the right field wall, but also the scoreboard that is planted within the barrier. As soon as Span checked on him, he signaled for the trainers to come out, and before we knew it, one of the MLB's brightest stars was in trouble.
Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) May 14, 2013
The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore has the latest on Harper's condition:
Scott Boras: Harper had 11 stitches, no concussion. Jammed shoulder, but nothing immediate as far as orthopedic issues. Will have X-ray.—Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 14, 2013
All Dodgers players and fans showed great respect by keeping silent while Harper was down, and they eventually applauded him as he walked off of the field. Even still, the sight of blood is never a good sign, especially not in a sport like baseball.