Bryce Harper leaves game in the sixth with apparent injury (updated)


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Update, 10:05 p.m.: Bryce Harper left Wednesday’s game because of the bad bruise he suffered to his left side when trying to catch a home run at the wall in Tuesday’s game. Manager Davey Johnson didn’t want to risk further hurting Harper so he pulled him. He said Harper would receive medications and could rest Thursday. He is day to day. The Nationals avoid a scare.

Original post, 8.44 p.m.: Bryce Harper was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning following a check swing against Braves left-hander Paul Maholm that had him grimacing

In the dugout, Harper, 20, was seen talking to trainer Lee Kuntz and Manager Davey Johnson. Roger Bernadina replaced him in right field the bottom of the sixth inning. Harper grounded out to first in the at-bat.

Harper, one of the top offensive players in the majors the first month of the season, sported a bruise along his left side after Tuesday’s game when he jumped at the right field wall to catch a would-be home run by Tim Hudson and scraped the wall. It was not  immediately clear how he was hurt on Wednesday, or if it was related to the play at the wall.

Harper’s injury could be a worst-case scenario for the Nationals, who have been struggling on offense and took a 13-14 record into the game.

More to come.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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