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Bryce Harper hit in face with fastball, says ‘everything feels good’

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper heads to first base after drawing a walk from Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper was on the receiving end of a pitch to the face Wednesday night. It was a scary moment in the Phillies’ 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, but after the game, Harper posted a video on social media saying tests came back indicating no injury and he felt fine.

“Everything feels good. Everything came back good, CT (scan), all that kind of stuff, so face is still there. We’re all good. See you guys soon.”

The incident happened on the first pitch of the top of the sixth inning with the game tied at 3, a 97-mile-per-hour fastball from relief pitcher Genesis Cabrera. Harper walked it off as Cabrera looked on, but was still taken for medical testing.

On the very next pitch, Cabrera also hit Didi Gregorius in the back with a 95-mile-per-hour pitch, leading Phillies manager Joe Girardi incredibly frustrated and he was thrown out of the game.

Through a translator, Cabrera insisted after the game that he did not hit Harper and Gregorius intentionally.

“I’m very sorry for the entire situation. My prayers go out to Bryce Harper, and I really wish that he can get back to baseball activities rather soon,” Cabrera said.

As of Thursday morning, Harper was 16th in Major League Baseball in batting average with a .321 clip and tied for 16th in home runs with six with a big group of players. The Phillies have a 12-12 record and are tied with the Atlanta Braves atop the National League East standings.