Harper suffers foot contusion from 96-mph pitch

Rex Christensen
March 18, 2019

Just a few weeks removed from signing a massive 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, star outfielder Bryce Harper was drilled in the ankle with a 96 miles per hour fastball and was forced to leave the game.

"Felt good today coming in", Harper said.

When Harper dropped to the ground, team manager Gabe Kapler and a team trainer tended to Harper on the field, Philly.com reported.

Phillies opening day starter Aaron Nola lasted just 2 2/3 innings Saturday. Kapler and a team trainer rushed from the dugout almost as soon as Harper dropped to the dirt.

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He's 0 for 5 in 10 plate appearances in four exhibition games. The right-hander allowed two runs, four hits, three walks and struck out two during a 64-pitch outing.

If there was ever an argument to be made against Spring Training games, this would be it.

Kapler reflected on his Twitter site about a fan who told him of Philadelphia's deal with Harper.

According to Kapler, Vecere was going to Kenya for the United Nations Environmental Assembly. He hoped fans could return the love he had for the Phillies by doing something for a cause that Vecere cared about. His mother described those as "the environment, civil rights, social and environmental justice, and advocating for those less fortunate".

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