Phillies' Bryce Harper day-to-day after getting hit by pitch on ankle, Opening Day not in jeopardy

Bryce Harper has been participating in spring training for less than a week after signing a 13-year contract worth $330 million with the Philadelphia Phillies, yet on Friday he provided his new team with quite a scare.

Harper exited an exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays after being hit on the right ankle by a 96-mph pitch from reliever Trent Thornton. Here's a look at the sequence, with Harper requiring some time before getting up:

Saturday morning, manager Gabe Kapler provided an update on Harper, saying x-rays were negative and he is day-to-day. He will not play in Saturday's game as originally scheduled.

Harper escaped without a serious injury, and, needless to say, that's good for him and the Phillies. It's so easy to break one of those little bones in your foot or ankle on a hit by pitch like that.

Harper has less than two weeks to heal up before Opening Day. The Phillies begin the regular season on the 28th against the Atlanta Braves.

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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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