Bryce Harper ‘day to day’ after X-rays come back negative

The Nationals consider Bryce Harper “day to day” after his scary collision Monday night with the right field wall at Dodgers Stadium, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Harper underwent X-rays on his left leg and left shoulder late last night, and both tests came back negative.

Along with 11 stitches in his chin, caused by crashing into the chain-link fence in front of the electronic scoreboard in the wall, Harper suffered only bruises on his left shoulder and left knee. Tests Monday night determined he had not suffered a concussion, both the Nationals and Harper’s agent Scott Boras said.

Harper “will be sore but fine,” Rizzo said in a text message. “Day to day.”

Harper has yet to address his condition. Tuesday morning on Twitter, Harper responded to the spreading notion that his all-out style may endanger him:

 

In evaluating Harper for a concussion, the Nationals needed to follow protocols MLB established in 2011 to treat players involved in a risky incident, “such as being hit in the head a by a pitched, batted or thrown ball or by a bat; being in a collision with a player, umpire or fixed object; or any time when the head or neck of a player or an umpire is forcibly rotated.”

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Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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