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Crisis averted: Bryce Harper is ‘totally fine’ after leaving ST game


Bryce Harper is entering his second season with the Phillies. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

You can exhale, Philadelphia.

According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Bryce Harper isn’t concerned after leaving Tuesday’s Spring Training game against the Minnesota Twins:

In his first at-bat Tuesday, Harper was hit on the inside of his left foot by Sean Poppen, who got the start for the Twins:

Harper already has two home runs this spring, as he enters year two of a 13-year/$330 million deal. The 27-year-old slashed .260/.372/.510 with 35 home runs, 114 RBIs and a 4.6 fWAR in 2019. He was also a Gold Glove finalist in his first season with the Phillies, posting 13 outfield assists and 10 defensive runs saved.

For the second consecutive day, Joe Girardi had Harper hit second in his lineup. Harper has most commonly hit out of the No. 3 hole in his career, but it appears he may hit second to begin the season. In 891 career plate appearances hitting out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Harper has hit .250 with 33 home runs, 88 RBIs and 92 walks.

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