Harper returns as DH following HBP on ankle

Harper returns as DH following HBP on ankle


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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