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SportWatch: Bryce Harper Exits Game After Getting Drilled in the Ankle With 96-MPH Fastball

22:27  15 march  2019
22:27  15 march  2019 Source:   si.com

Harper returns after bruising ankle, still hitless in spring

Harper returns after bruising ankle, still hitless in spring Bryce Harper hopes to change all those zeros soon. Naw, not the ones in his contract.Back in the lineup two days after being hit by a pitch in the ankle, the Phillies newcomer with the $330,000,000 deal was hitless Sunday, leaving him with a batting average of .000 in spring training. Harper is 0 for 8 in 14 plate appearances over five exhibition games. His goal for the final week in Florida? "Definitely getting a couple knocks," Harper said. "I don't want to leave spring without a hit but if that happens, then March 28, here we come," Harper said.

Watch: Bryce Harper Exits Game After Getting Drilled in the Ankle With 96-MPH Fastball© Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images Bryce Harper exits game after being hit by pitch in ankle

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left Friday's spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays after he was hit in the right ankle by a 96-mph fastball.

Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton appeared to lose his balance during his delivery, resulting in a pitch that was low and inside. Harper fell to the ground in pain before slowly limping off the diamond and making his way to the dugout.

Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies on Feb. 28, entered Friday's game with three walks and a pair of strikeouts in limited spring training action. The 26-year-old missed 51 games in 2017 and has missed at least 15 games in five of his previous seven seasons.

While his 2018 campaign didn't compare to his breakout season in 2015–when he led the NL in runs, homers, on-base percentage and slugging percentage–Harper still hit 34 home runs and ranked ninth in on-base percentage.

Phillies' Harper 'little sore,' sits out with bruised ankle

Phillies' Harper 'little sore,' sits out with bruised ankle Bryce Harper sat out the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Houston Astros on Saturday, saying he's "a little sore" one day after getting hit by a pitch and bruising his right ankle. Manager Gabe Kapler says he has no concerns about Harper being ready for opening day on March 28 against the Atlanta Braves. Harper, who recently signed to a record $330 million, 13-year contract, agreed with his manager. "As of right now, no (concerns)," Harper said. "If I felt that way then I'd probably tell you guys. I really don't." X-rays were negative and Harper is listed as day to day.

Harper finished the 2018 season with a slash line of .249/.393/.496 and has a career slash line of .279/.388/.512.

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Watch: Bryce Harper Exits Game After Getting Drilled in the Ankle With 96-MPH Fastball

Whoops! Bryce Harper slips up with 'D.C.' mention in Phillies introduction.
Bryce Harper spent his entire MLB career with one organization prior to signing with the Philadelphia Phillies this week. You’ll have to forgive him if he’s still getting used to being on a new team. Harper was introduced as the newest member of the Phillies during a press conference on Saturday. As he talked about his goal of winning a championship for the city, he slipped up and said he wanted to bring one back to “DC.” Harper wants to bring a title back to….DC?! pic.twitter.

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