Phillies star Harper limps out of training game with foot contusion

The Philadelphia Phillies and their fans were holding their breath on Friday after new star Bryce Harper was hit by a pitch and limped off the field in a spring training game.

In the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, Harper took a 96mph fastball off the right ankle from right-hander Trent Thornton. He rolled on the ground in pain, clutching his ankle, before limping off the field to the clubhouse.

However, the early diagnosis was positive as Harper waited for an x-ray.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told Philadelphia's NBCS that Harper has a right foot contusion, saying: "We are confident he is going to be alright. Not overly concerned right now."

Harper agreed to a 13-year $330million deal with the Phillies just over two weeks ago.

The 26-year-old slugger had made his spring training debut in a game with the Phillies last Saturday and was playing right field for the first time for the team on Friday. He was hitless in two at-bats before exiting and is 0-for-5 in two games.

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