Phillies OF Harper (ankle) exits game after HBP

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left Friday's spring training game after being plunked on the right ankle by a 96-mph fastball from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton.

Harper was batting with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., when he appeared to get hit flush on the ankle. He dropped to the ground, rolling in pain before limping off the field.

Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia two weeks ago, did not return to the game.

There was no immediate confirmation on the extent of his injury.

Harper, 26, spent his first seven seasons with the Washington Nationals, earning six All-Star selections as well as Rookie of the Year (2012) and Most Valuable Player (2015) awards.

In 927 games, he owns a career .279 batting average with 184 homers and 521 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

03/15/2019 15:32

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