There’s less than two weeks until the Philadelphia Phillies welcome the Atlanta Braves to Citizens Bank Park for Opening Day. So here’s a development worth monitoring.
After exchanging a few words with Thornton, Harper walked slowly off the field and back into the Phillies dugout. Shane Robinson, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, pinch-ran for Harper and ultimately replaced him in right field.
It’s possible that the Phillies were planning to take Harper out after his third at-bat of the day anyway, though manager Gabe Kapler unquestionably would have preferred to do it on his own terms.
Bryce Harper exits today's game after being hit in his right ankle. pic.twitter.com/RIZHGluHQM
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 15, 2019
Harper briefly returned to the dugout and sat down for an at-bat, before getting up and walking with a bit of a limp back to the clubhouse at Spectrum Field.
The six-time All-Star, who the Phillies signed to a 13-year/$330 million contract earlier this month, will have an X-Ray on his ankle. However, Kapler spoke after the game stating per Meghan Montemurro that “We don’t have reason for concern” at this time.
Harper has a right foot contusion, Kapler says. Harper is going to get an X-ray, but as of right now, “We don’t have reason for major concern,” Kapler said. #Phillies
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) March 15, 2019
We will update this story should further information come available.
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