The city of Philadelphia can breath a collective sigh of relief after x-rays on the ankle of star outfielder Bryce Harper came back negative. Harper took a 96 mile-per-hour fastball to the ankle in the Phillies game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday afternoon.
It was a scary moment for the former NL MVP, shortly after signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies. Harper laid on the ground in pain before eventually limping off the field.
He returned to the clubhouse, but details surrounding the injury were not made immediately available. On Saturday morning, Phillies insider Jim Salisbury revealed x-rays on the ankle were negative.
The Phillies listed Harper as day-to-day. He won’t play against the Houston Astros this afternoon.
All X rays on Bryce Harper are negative. He will not play today as precaution. He is day to day.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) March 16, 2019
It’s great news for Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies as they head into the season.
The pitcher who hit Harper, Blue Jays rookie Trent Thornton, received derogatory messages from fans. Thornton revealed after the game that he even received death threats.
A quick search on Twitter shows just how mad fans were.
Harper, who played his entire career with the Washington Nationals until this year, batted .249 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs a year ago.
He’ll have to perform at a high level to live up to his new deal.