Bryce Harper showed no ill-effects from a first-inning collision with Marlins catcher Rob Brantly, despite taking an elbow to the right side of his chin as he scored the Nationals’ second run of the day.
Harper, who singled and was waved around to score on Ryan Zimmerman’s double to deep center field, slid into the plate with his feet first and collided with Brantly on the play. At first it appeared that he might’ve been cut by a piece of Brantly’s equipment but when there was no blood, the Nationals’ 20-year-old outfielder popped up and made his way into the dugout.
“It feels fine,” Harper said. “He got me on the chin and it didn’t really hurt too bad, but I was seeing if it was bleeding or not at the plate.”
Harper did grab at his face momentarily, leading some to believe it was a bit more serious.
“I actually didn’t think it was that bad, but the way he reacted, I thought he got shot or something,” said right fielder Jayson Werth, who scored ahead of Harper on the plate. “So I wanted to make sure the little guy was all right.”
“It looked like his caught his shin guard or his mask,” said manager Davey Johnson. “The angle I had, it looked like he really got something real hard hit him in the coconut. So I was coming out there and of course (Werth) said, ‘There’s no blood. You can go back.’ We were all relieved after that.”
Harper didn’t appear hampered by the play. He added two more singles to his tally for the season, now 6-for-12 on the season.