Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Bryce Harper limps off after being hit by pitch on ankle

Bryce Harper limps off after being hit by pitch on ankle

The Phillies diagnosed Harper with a "right-foot contusion", after a 3-2 win over Toronto, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler is confident Harper will return to the Phillies' lineup soon, potentially as early as Sunday against the Yankees. Initial X-rays were negative, the club said.

Harper was playing his fourth exhibition game since signing a record $330 million, 13-year contract. "He looked good. We're going to evaluate him in the morning and see how he's doing". Harper was checked by a trainer, limped toward the dugout with assistance and hobbled toward the clubhouse. Including Friday's game, he's gone 0-for-5 this spring with three walks, three strikeouts, two runs scored, and a hit-by-pitch. Nola will make his next start in a minor league game and throw 90 pitches.

The acquisition of Harper was the completion of what's been a pretty busy offseason for a now-loaded Phillies team - which also inked J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson and Jean Segura to deals. "But Matt strove for bigger causes than what we do every day".

"His mother described those as 'the environment, civil rights, social and economic justice and advocating for those less fortunate.'" Kapler wrote.

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