Philadelphia is holding its breath.
Phillies superstar Bryce Harper was forced to leave Friday’s Grapefruit League game against the Toronto Blue Jays after taking a 96-mph fastball from reliever Trent Thornton to his right ankle and foot area.
Harper has a right foot contusion and will undergo an X-ray, manager Gabe Kapler told Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic.
“We don’t have reason for major concern,” Kapler added.
Harper, who was not wearing his shin guard during the at-bat, limped the field after being down for an extended period, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. He was then seen heading into the Phillies’ clubhouse.
The 26-year-old former MVP was later spotted walking around the Phillies’ dugout, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Thornton said the offending fastball “kinda yanked … a little bit and it got away from me. … It wasn’t intentional at all,” according to Sportsnet’s Arash Madani. “I hope he’s okay.”
Harper joined the Phillies on a record 13-year, $330-million contract at the beginning of March. Including Friday’s game, he’s gone 0-for-5 with three walks, three strikeouts, two runs scored, and a hit-by-pitch so far this spring.
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