Philadelphia Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper exited Friday’s spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays after taking a 96 mile-per-hour fastball to the ankle.
As you can see below, Harper was visibly limping as he left the Grapefruit League game in Florida.
Bryce Harper left today's game after taking a 96-mph fastball to his ankle. pic.twitter.com/95RLnnRIRC
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 15, 2019
The good news here is that X-rays on the injured ankle came back negative. Harper’s injury is being considered a contusion.
#BryceHarper “right foot contusion,” said Kapler: “No immediate cause for concern.” Harper left the game, hit by pitch. Prelikinary X-rays negative. Harper left the park for further imaging (more comprehensive X-rays).
— Marcus Hayes (@inkstainedretch) March 15, 2019
Harper, who just recently signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies, will undergo further testing — likely including an MRI.
But for now, it looks like the Phills and their slugger dodged a bullet big time.