That's not eyeblack: Bryce Harper had blood dripping down his face in the 8th inning of Friday night's Nats-Reds game - cut above his left eye. So what the heck happened?
"Harper took his frustrations out on the wall, w a bat. Davey said the bat came back & hit him. May need a stitch or 2, may be out few days."
Guess that's better than pulling an Amar’e Stoudemire and punching a fire extinguisher.
Via the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore on Twitter, Harper needed 10 stitches:
'Bryce Harper had a golf ball-sized lump over his eye, clumps of blood in his hair. 10 stitches. "I'm fine," he said. Wants to play tomorrow.'
But Harper suffered through his worst night as a pro Friday night: 0-5, 3K, 5 LOB. To add insult to injury, Davey Johnson benched Harper in favor of Xavier Nady as a defensive replacement in the 9th inning.
(Screengrabs via TV/MASN)