LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bryce Harper has arrived at Dodger Stadium a little bit smarter.
Less than 24 hours earlier, the 20-year-old Washington Nationals slugger ran headfirst into the right-field wall while chasing a fly ball. The violent collision left him with 11 stitches in his chin, a sore body and a lesson learned.
Harper vows to keep playing hard, but says he will learn how to avoid crashing into the wall with such force. He is due to sit out the remaining two games of Washington's series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Harper wasn't upset about hitting the wall, only the after-effects.
First of all, he didn't catch A.J. Ellis' triple. Second, he had to shave his beard so the medical staff could patch him up. And then there was the general soreness anyone would feel after running into a wall full-speed.
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