Bryce Harper remains in game after scary collision at second base
Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper remained in Monday's game after being accidentally kicked in the head on a take-out slide at second base.
The Nationals come into the season as favorites to win the NL East, but things have not gone according to plan on Opening Day. First, Stephen Strasburg allowed a three-run homer to Andrew Brown of the Mets in the first inning. Next, Bryce Harper was accidentally kicked in the head on a take-out slide at second base.
Here's the play:
That looked really bad, like a surefire concussion. Harper remained on the ground for a minute or two before walking off the field because he was out at second base. He returned to his left field position in the next inning.
Harper, 21, hit .274/.368/.486 (133 OPS+) with 24 doubles, 20 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 118 games. He missed time with a knee problem after crashing into a wall. It appears he's avoided serious injury on Monday.