Source: USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES — So far, the main casualties of Bryce Harper’s run-in with the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium appear to be two games and a beard.
Harper was held out of the Washington Nationals starting lineup a second day Wednesday after his Monday crash into a fence that opened a cut on his chin that required 11 stitches — and a shave.
But Nationals manager Davey Johnson and general manager Mike Rizzo repeated Wednesday that Harper did not suffer a concussion despite the effects of running full speed into the chain-link style covering on the video scoreboard on the right-field wall.
“We did all the tests, the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), and he passed,” Rizzo said. “The first day we did two of the tests, and the next day we did two of the tests.”
Harper passed a SCAT 2 concussion test Monday night and another administered by an outside physician Tuesday morning, The Washington Post reported.
Johnson said he was not concerned about Harper’s earlier report of nausea.
“I don’t think there’s much to that,” he said.
“He’s got a few aches and pains, but he’s young. He’d probably be all right today. He could probably pinch-hit. I’ll see how it goes.”
Harper ran in the field almost four hours before Wednesday’s game but declined to speak with news reporters in the clubhouse or on the field, mumbling about seeing the trainer and then carefully shaving his now-beard-less face after his rather full beard was shaved off to treat his cut Monday. He also watched video and took the field with the team to stretch.
“He’s going to be fine,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t worried about (a) concussion. I mean, he got hit on the chin. He got hit pretty hard on the chin. (You) might get knocked out, but you don’t usually get a concussion from that …
“He didn’t complain of being sore yesterday, but today he’s complaining of soreness in the rib cage, and he’s a little sore. But other than that, he’s fine. Probably another day.”
Rizzo had no issues with the safety of the Dodger Stadium wall and scoreboard or its covering, saying instead that Harper needs to be more aware of his surroundings. The Nationals begin a four-game series at the San Diego Padres today.
“He just needs more experience in the outfield, and each park has its unique dimensions and nooks and crannies, as does our park in Washington,” Rizzo said.
“It’s just a comfort level and experience level that the more he plays in visiting parks, the better off he’ll be.”