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Bryce Harper hit by pitch in foot, leaves game

16 March 2019

There's less than two weeks until the Philadelphia Phillies welcome the Atlanta Braves to Citizens Bank Park for Opening Day.

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A 96-mph fastball gave Phillie's fans a few rough moments Friday afternoon when it struck newly acquired outfielder Bryce Harper, fresh off signing a record $330 million contract, in the ankle.

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Harper was hit in the ankle on a 2-0 pitch by Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton in the bottom of the sixth inning. Harper immediately dropped to the ground wincing in pain and walked to the clubhouse. The 26-year-old slugger had made his spring training debut in a game with the Phillies last Saturday, and was playing right field for the first time in a Philly uniform Friday.

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After the game, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Harper suffered a right foot contusion and perliminary x-rays were negative. He limped off the field and was replaced by pinch runner Shane Robinson. "Not overly concerned right now", Kapler said.

Bryce Harper hit by pitch in foot, leaves game