On Friday afternoon, Philadelphia Phillies fans got a scare when All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper went down after being hit by a pitch. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton drilled Harper with a 96 mile-per-hour fastball right in the ankle.
After laying on the ground in pain for a minute, Harper eventually limped off the field. He returned to the dugout, but did not re-enter the game.
On Saturday morning, the Philadelphia Phillies revealed x-rays on Harper’s ankle were negative. The Phillies listed Harper as day-to-day.
Manager Gabe Kapler addressed the injury as well. According to ESPN insider Jeff Passan, Kapler said Harper will be good to go for the start of the season.
“No concerns about opening day at this point,” Kapler said.
Bryce Harper is day to day after being hit on the ankle with a pitch yesterday. The swelling reduced overnight, said Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, who added: “No concerns about opening day at this point.”
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 16, 2019
It’s great news for the Phillies and their $330 million man.
Harper played his entire career with the Washington Nationals and had an offer to remain with the team. However, he decided to take his talents a few hours North to Philadelphia, but will remain in the NL East.
The Phillies’ reported offer to Harper will be paid within the 13 years of his contract – rather than having deferred money like the Nationals.
The former NL MVP batted .249 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs a year ago.