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March 16, 2019
Bryce Harper was out of the Philadelphia Phillies lineup for the game against the Houston Astros. He was hit by a pitch and bruised his right ankle on Friday. X-rays were negative and he is listed as day to day. Manager Gabe Kapler says he has no concerns about Harper being ready for opening day March 28 against the Atlanta Braves.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper was out of the Philadelphia Phillies lineup for Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros, one day after sustaining a bruised right ankle when hit by a pitch.

Manager Gabe Kapler says he has no concerns about Harper being ready for opening day on March 28 against the Atlanta Braves. X-rays were negative and Harper is listed as day to day.

Harper was struck by a 96-mph fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning of Friday’s game.

The slugging outfielder clutched his ankle and stayed on the ground for a few moments. Harper was checked by a trainer, limped toward the dugout with assistance and hobbled toward the clubhouse.

Harper was recently signed to a record $330 million, 13-year contract. He was playing his fourth exhibition. He’s 0 for 5 in 10 plate appearances.

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