Bryce Harper has been playing in spring training for less than a week after signing a 13-year deal worth $330 million with the Philadelphia Phillies, yet on Friday he provided his new club with a scare.
Harper exited an exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays after being hit by a pitch on the right ankle by reliever Trent Thornton. Here’s a look at the sequence, with Harper requiring some time before getting up:
After the game, manager Gabe Kapler confirmed Harper suffered a bruise, but the team doesn’t have reason to believe it’s anything more serious:
Harper has less than two weeks to get heal up before Opening Day. The Phillies begin the regular season on the 28th against the Atlanta Braves.