What's buzzing:

Big League Stew

Bryce Harper hits his own face with a bat, gets 10 stitches in return

Big League Stew

The most recent Washington Nationals box score shows that teen sensation Bryce Harper went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. But that's misleading because his bat actually had a hit in it after all.

Yes, Harper's adjusted line should be 1-for-6 with three strikeouts and 10 stitches — the "1" being his own bloodied face, just above his left eye, after Harper hit it with a bat in frustration. Nats TV analyst F.P. Santangelo, in the "Give 'Em The Bird" video of the weekend below, says he saw Harper go into the dugout tunnel and come out looking like he had been in a minor one-car accident:

After making an out in the seventh inning of the Nats' 7-3 victory at Cincinnati, Harper said he slammed a bat on a wall and it bounced off his face. Just a rookie mistake, the 19-year-old says in the Washington Post. Won't happen again:

"I guess I won't do it anymore, but I don't know," Harper said. "I've done it a million times. It's just a heat-of-the-moment kind of thing. It came back and got me."

If he's done it a "million times," you'd think he be better at it. Really, Anakin Skywalker, you need to channel these emotions. Frustration leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to ... suffering a bloody face. Also, it's funny how Harper sometimes uses eye black to paint himself to look like the Ultimate Warrior from professional wrestling, and now has added the bloody face, as if Mr. Fuji hit him in the head with a folding chair. The Nationals marketing department really should run — err, fly off the top rope — with this.

[MLB Full Count: Watch live look-ins and highlights for free all season long]

Harper says he feels OK and doesn't expect to miss any time, but he might anyway. Yoda Nats manager Davey Johnson said he'll have word with the young man about the whole episode.

It's an easy way to get rid of your frustration," Johnson said. "I'll speak to him about it, because evidently he went a little overboard. That's not what you want to do. The equipment is supposed to take the brunt of it. We'll address that."

" Of course, self-inflicted wounds aren't new to sports. Washington fans remember Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte head-butting himself into oblivion. In 2008, Carlos Quentin of the White Sox knocked himself out of the playoffs by slamming his hand and breaking his wrist on his bat after fouling off a pitch at Cleveland.

We can find a happy medium here.

Perhaps it's by simply letting Harper injure his veteran teammates instead?

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Matt Kemp finding ways to help Dodgers despite sore hamstring, slump
LeBron's third MVP award likely won't be his last | Elite company
Y! News video: Pit bull rescues owner from train tracks

Love baseball? Even like it a little?
Follow @AnswerDave, @bigleaguestew, @KevinKaduk on Twitter,
along with the BLS Facebook page!

View Comments (2441)
  • AP source: Anthony Davis, Pelicans agree to max extension

    AP source: Anthony Davis, Pelicans agree to max extension

    Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed on a five-year extension worth more than $140 million. The 22-year-old Davis is entering the final season of a four-year contract he signed after being drafted first overall out of Kentucky in … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • M's rookie Montgomery 1-hits Padres for 2nd straight shutout

    M's rookie Montgomery 1-hits Padres for 2nd straight shutout

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Rookie left-hander Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and finished with a one-hitter for his second straight shutout as the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Tuesday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • Martino demands more despite six-goal semi-final haul

    Martino demands more despite six-goal semi-final haul

    By Santiago Torres CONCEPCION, Chile (Reuters) - Coach Gerardo Martino believes Argentina can improve on Tuesday's 6-1 Copa America semi-final demolition of Paraguay, adding that aspects of the goalless draw against Colombia in the previous round … More »

    Reuters - 10 minutes ago
  • Santner, Elliott earn NZ central contracts

    Santner, Elliott earn NZ central contracts

    Rookie all-rounder Mitchell Santner and veteran Grant Elliott have been rewarded for their recent strong performances by being included in New Zealand's list of centrally contracted players on Wednesday. Santner made his debut on New Zealand's just … More »

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago
  • Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday's MLB games

    June 30 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's Major League Baseball games. - - - White Sox 2, Cardinals 1 (11 innings) Chris Sale tied a 16-year-old Major League record by recording his eighth consecutive 10-strikeout game -- and even … More »

    Reuters - 12 minutes ago