Phillies star Bryce Harper stated he feels high quality after being hit within the face by a 96.9 mph fastball Wednesday night time, forcing him from Philadelphia’s recreation towards St. Louis.
“The whole lot feels good,” Harper stated in a video he posted to Instagram. He stated he received a CT scan and different testing and “The whole lot got here again good.”
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Harper was drilled within the left cheek by left-handed reliever Génesis Cabrera’s first pitch within the sixth inning. The All-Star slugger picked himself up and walked off the sphere, blood dripping from a reduce on the facet of his nostril.
He appeared to have solely minor swelling and bruising within the video he despatched to social media.
“Face continues to be there, so we’re all good,” he stated.
Cabrera drilled Didi Gregorius with one other fastball on his subsequent pitch. Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi got here out of the dugout to argue with plate umpire Chris Segal and was ejected.
Matt Joyce ran for Harper, and Gregorius remained within the recreation. Cabrera allowed an RBI single to Andrew McCutchen the subsequent at-bat earlier than being pulled.
“I’ve been hit within the face, broke my nostril. It’s scary,” Girardi stated. “I don’t suppose he did it on goal. I’m not saying that. However for the safety of the gamers, he has to go.”
Cabrera, by way of translator Antonio Mujica, expressed regret for his pitching.
“I’m very sorry for Bryce Harper,” Cabrera stated. “I need to once more to apologize to the entire motion that occurred, particularly to Harper. I actually want him the perfect and I hope he has a speedy restoration. The sport received away from me. I’m actually sorry for the whole lot that occurred. It was not intentional.”
Below the three-batter minimal rule for relievers, Cabrera needed to keep in. McCutchen adopted together with his RBI single.
“Man, that was robust watching that,” McCutchen stated.
St. Louis supervisor Mike Shildt stated he would have pulled Cabrera if he might have.
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“It was a tie recreation. It was proper in his spot,” Shildt stated. “It was fully unlucky the ball received away from him. Our prayers are with Bryce Harper and we hope he’s OK.
“It’s a failure of the three-batter minimal. Fully, completely little doubt. You’re speaking about an aggressive younger pitcher throwing to one of many superstars of this recreation. Clearly, he felt horrible. Everyone is aware of it was fully unintentional.”
Harper grounded out and struck out in his first two at-bats. Gregorius doubled and struck out in his two at-bats.
Harper, within the third 12 months of a $330 million, 13-year deal, entered the sport hitting .329, together with .432 over his final 10 video games.