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Bryce Harper ignores warning track warning, runs full speed into wall (video)

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(image courtesy of The Washington Post)

The warning track that runs the length of outfields in major league ballparks — and every other baseball field, for that matter — is called a warning track because it is supposed to warn outfielders that they are getting perilously close to the outfield wall in case the player is otherwise occupied with tracking the flight of a baseball.

Unfortunately for Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the warning of the warning track evidently did not serve as sufficient warning enough, as the young phenom ran full speed into the right field wall while chasing down Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis’ drive during the bottom of the fifth inning of Monday night’s game.

Harper, upon crashing into the wall essentially face-first, immediately fell to the ground as the ball rolled away, ending up as a triple for Ellis in Washington’s 6-2 win. Haper remained on the ground for a brief period before getting up and making it off the field under his own power, although the bloodied Harper’s night was over at that point.

Via MLB.com:

Ouch. The Washington Post reports that while Harper luckily did not sustain a concussion on the violent collision, 11 stitches were required to close up a gash on his chin that was believed to be caused by the lighted scoreboard portion of the fence, according to Nationals officials and Harper’s agent, Scott Boras. MLB.com reports that Harper is listed as day-to-day, adding that Harper jammed his right shoulder in addition to the cut on his chin.

It could have been a lot worse. That’s for sure.

[H/T SB Nation]