New Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper appears to have suffered an injury just a few games into spring training. Harper was drilled with a 96 mile-per-hour fastball in his right ankle by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton.
Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies just a few weeks back, limped off the diamond and was taken out of the game. Phillies fans, as you’d imagine, are worried.
Thornton, during his delivery, appeared to lose his balance a bit. It resulted in a pitch that was low and inside.
Here’s video of the clip. You can see that Harper is in a lot of pain right after he’s hit. It’s also pretty clear that Thornton didn’t do it intentionally.
Bryce Harper exits today's game after being hit in his right ankle. pic.twitter.com/RIZHGluHQM
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 15, 2019
Bryce Harper gets drilled by a 96 mph fastball on his right ankle and he drops to the ground, rolling in pain. He limps off the field. #Phillies
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) March 15, 2019
While Harper did exit the game, he was spotted in the team’s dugout in the next inning. It doesn’t look like he’s headed to the hospital.
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’s going to have to deliver big time to live up to his new contract.
Hopefully Harper’s ankle is okay. We’ll keep you updated.