Harper returns as DH following HBP on ankle

Harper returns as DH following HBP on ankle

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Philadelphia Phillies megasigning Bryce Harper will serve as the designated hitter Sunday, batting third two days after he suffered a right ankle bruise from being hit by a pitch.

Harper had sat out Saturday’s game, saying he was “a little sore.” X-rays were negative, and there was no concern from Harper or manager Gabe Kapler about his readiness for Opening Day.

Struck by a 96 mph fastball from Toronto Blue Jays rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning of Friday’s game, Harper clutched his ankle and stayed on the ground for a few moments after getting hit. Harper was checked by a trainer, limped toward the dugout with assistance and hobbled toward the clubhouse.

Asked Saturday about dodging a major injury, Harper replied, “I wish I would have dodged the ball.”

Harper is 0-for-5 in 10 plate appearances in four exhibition games this spring.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

MLB News

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March 17, 2019 at 08:33AM

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