Bryce Harper, the newly signed $330 million slugger of the Philadelphia Phillies, limped field off on Friday after being hit by a 96-mph fastball in right ankle during a training game held in Clearwater, Fla during spring.
It occurred from Trent Thorton from Toronto Blue Jays rookie where Harper fell to ground clutching injured ankle & rolling in pain.
According to Philadelphia, Harper was diagnosed with a “right-foot contusion”.
BryceHarper “right foot contusion,” said Kapler: “No immediate cause for concern.” Harper left the game, hit by pitch. Prelikinary X-rays negative. Harper left the park for further imaging (more comprehensive X-rays).
Harper was hobbled toward clubhouse. Harper left ballpark after releasing results of Initial X-rays that were negative.
Gabe Kapler, Phillies Manager announced that team wasn’t worried about injury.
“Bryce has a right foot contusion. Right now we don’t have reason for major concern, but obviously we want to go inside and take a look first. Certainly extra scary given where we are in camp. We’re confident and we understand we have a good club on the field and we’re confident that Bryce is going to be all right. I think it’s a little premature to speculate on lost at-bats or anything like that. First and foremost, we probably have to get inside and meet with our medical team and discuss it. But again, not overly concerned right now”
The crowd, filling the same stadium where the Phillies introduced Harper two weeks earlier after signing him to a record $330 million deal, gasped when the ball whacked Harper’s ankle. Kapler and a team trainer rushed from the dugout nearly as soon as Harper dropped to the dirt.