Bryce Harper to sit out Thursday night, X-rays negative

Thursday May 2nd, 2013

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will sit out Thursday night's game against the Braves after crashing into an outfield wall, reports the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore via Twitter. X-rays were taken on Thursday morning and showed no structural damage, but the 20-year-old had a large contusion on the left side of his torso.

The play occurred while trying to rob Braves pitcher Tim Hudson of a home run during the Nats' 2-0 loss on Tuesday night. Harper, typically the center fielder, was playing right field because of leg injuries to Jayson Werth. He further aggravated the bruise on a check swing the following night and was taken out. Harper is hitting .337/.427/.705 and leads the NL in multi-hit games (12).

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