Phils’ Harper: ‘Had angel on my aspect’ with HBP

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Although Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper will not play Friday night time in opposition to the New York Mets due to a sore wrist, he mentioned he’s grateful he is not lacking extra time after getting hit within the face by a 96.9 mph fastball on Wednesday.

“I positively had an angel on my aspect on the market that night time,” Harper mentioned in a Zoom convention name with reporters. “I am tremendous excited and blessed to have this dialog with you guys proper now.”

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Genesis Cabrera hit Harper on the left aspect of his face earlier than the ball deflected onto his wrist. Although he had blood close to his nostril, Harper walked off the sphere on his personal. He was taken to the hospital for a scan, which got here up clear.

“The primary half-hour to an hour after, I used to be form of apprehensive,” Harper mentioned. “What is going on on with my head? What happening with my face, my physique? Am I going to be OK? It was positively a whirlwind of feelings on the time.”

Harper mentioned he had a stressed night time, questioning how a lot worse it may have been for him.

“I used to be in a variety of ache,” he mentioned. “I did not sleep nicely that night time in any respect. And simply the replaying in my thoughts the entire state of affairs, considering, you are speaking a few couple inches up or a pair inches over, we could be having a special state of affairs.”

Harper mentioned he awoke to a textual content message from Cardinals supervisor Mike Shildt, sending get-well needs from the entire group. Harper responded, wanting to ensure Cabrera was doing OK, as nicely.

“It occurs,” Harper mentioned. “I’ve no sick will in direction of him in any respect.”

Harper indicated he was feeling wonderful however did not wish to push getting again within the lineup. He mentioned his wrist is sore and is the larger challenge than getting hit within the face.

“I do not wish to be dumb and go on the market and play simply to look powerful,” Harper mentioned. “There have been so many occasions the place I’ve accomplished that.”

Additionally Friday, the Phillies positioned shortstop Didi Gregorius on the COVID-related harm checklist and recalled catcher Rafael Marchan from the alternate coaching website. Catcher J.T. Realmuto (sore hand) was dropped from Friday’s lineup in opposition to the Mets.