Harper in lineup day after hitting self with bat

Harper in lineup day after hitting self with bat

CINCINNATI -- Remain calm, Nationals fans.

Bryce Harper is OK.

The 19-year-old rookie needed 10 stitches above his left eye following Friday night's 7-3 win over the Reds. Harper, who went 0-for-5, swung his bat against a wall in the Washington dugout following a seventh-inning groundout to Reds pitcher Jose Arredondo. The bat boomeranged back to Harper, gashing his forehead in the process.

Harper, however, started in right field and batted fifth against Cincinnati righty Mat Latos on Saturday night.

"I feel good," Harper said. "No problems, no headache, nothing like that. I'm ready to go. Just another day."

Manager Davey Johnson said he got a text from Harper on Friday night saying he was OK.

"I told him to take that anger out on opposing pitchers," Johnson said. "Other guys have [swung bats against walls]. He probably has less experience hitting walls than most. But he's lucky it wasn't a lot worse."

Harper entered Saturday batting .233 with six doubles, six walks and one steal in 12 games this season.

"[Friday] night was the first time all year I thought he was over-aggressive," Johnson said, referring to Harper's 0-for-5 performance at the plate. "He's been very patient."