CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) – One day after a wandering fastball wounded his right ankle, brigand Phillies Bryce Harper said he had no doubts about being ready for the opening day.
"Right now, no," Harper said Saturday. "If you felt like that, I'd probably tell you guys, really not."
Philadelphia director Gabe Kapler said he was not worried that Harper would be ready for March 28 against Atlanta. Harper, who recently signed a $ 330 million record, a 13-year contract, agreed with this assessment.
"I felt good today to come," said Harper. "I was a little sore, just trying to keep the swelling, things like that."
X-rays were negative and Harper was listed as day by day. He was hit by a fastball at 96 mph from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning of Friday's game. Harper participated in Saturday's show against Houston.
When asked to avoid a serious injury, Harper replied "I wish I would have dodged the ball".
"The first time I was hit ankle bone," Harper said.
It's 0 out of 5 out of 10 appearances out of four in four exhibition games.
"It's definitely important to get back out there and get the bats I need," Harper said. "But also being smart, I'd rather be healthy than having my bats."
ASTROS 13, PHILLIES 5
Michael Brantley had three RBI singles for Houston. Carlos Correa doubles, chooses and scores twice. Brad Peacock started, placing four innings and allowing two runs.
JT Realmuto hit his third home run and added two singles to Philadelphia. Aaron Nola made his third start, entering 2 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on four hits and three walks.
RED SOX 6, BRAVES 1
Chris Sale made his spring debut for Boston, eliminating seven in four innings without scoring. AT MVP Mookie Betts hit his first home run. Jackie Bradley Jr. had an RBI double and stole a base.
Kyle Wright made his fourth start to Atlanta, placing four innings and allowing two runs.
YANKEES 17, BLUE JAYS (SS) 7
Aaron Judge hit his spring training – the sixth home race, foiling Toronto's four-man field with a drive in the players' parking lot. Gleyber Torres has also returned to New York. J. A. Happ started by entering three innings and allowing three runs.
Yankees outfield perspective Estevan Florial fractured his right wrist when he hit the wall.
Kendrys Morales hit his first home run and Justin Smoak added his third homer to the Toronto split team. Bo Bichette had a double and a single, stealing his second base and raising his average to .441.
ORIOLES 4, BLUE JAYS (SS) 3
Prospect Austin Hays hit its fifth home run for Baltimore. Alex Cobb made his third start, placing five innings and giving up three runs while eliminating eight.
Sam Gaviglio made his second start for the Toronto split team, allowing two runs in 3 2/3 innings.
CARDINALS 8, NATIONAL 5
Max Scherzer scored nine at his fifth start for Washington, placing six innings and allowing a run and four shots. Closer Sean Doolittle withdrew only two batters, giving up five runs on four shots and a walk.
Nolan Gorman, an eighteen-year-old already ranked as the second best candidate for St. Louis, hit his first home race. The first draft in the 2018 draft was connected with Kyle Barraclough. Andrew Knizner hit a two-pitch three-shot homer to close a ninth to five run from Doolittle.
MARLINS 11, METS 6
Pedro Alvarez hit his first two homers for Miami, driving in five runs and scoring three. Miguel Rojas had a double RBI and two singles, bringing his average to 0.517. Sandy Alcantara started and sold six runs on nine shots, entering 3 1/3 innings and eliminating seven.
Robinson Cano had a double and two singles, increasing his average to .457 for New York. Michael Conforto had a two-run homer and a single RBI. Starter Jason Vargas gave up four runs on five shots and two walks in four innings.
TIGRI 6, PIRATES 3
Christin Stewart hit a two-run homer and a single RBI for Detroit. Grayson Greiner has doubled and chosen. Matt Moore made his fifth start, placing 4 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on three shots and two walks.
Chris Archer went just three innings at his third start for Pittsburgh, getting four runs on six hits and a walk.
INDIANS 7, ANGELS 2
Mike Clevinger made his second start for Cleveland, placing four innings and allowing two runs. Roberto Perez had a double and two singles.
Albert Pujols has another success and is beating .414 for Los Angeles. Trevor Cahill started for the fourth time, placing four innings and giving up two runs earned on four wins and a walk.
CUBS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1
Anthony Rizzo doubled and drove in two runs for Chicago. David Bote had only one home run and RBI single. Kyle Hendricks made his fourth start, placing 3 1/3 of innings and giving in to a race.
Ildemaro Vargas had two doubles and a single, driving in the Arizona race.
PADRES (SS) 10, ROYALS (SS) 5
Fernando Tatis Jr. got two doubles and a single for San Diego. Franchy Cordero honored and guided in four runs.
Jorge Soler scored twice for the Kansas City split team and Brian Goodwin honored.
GIGANTI 10, PADRES (SS) 3
Brandon Crawford doubled and twice chose San Francisco. Buster Posey had a triple RBI and a single run-scoring. Joe Panik had three singles, scoring two goals and bringing his average to .517. Andrew Suarez made his second start, entering 3 1/3 innings and allowing a run.
Francisco Mejia led for the San Diego team. Eric Hosmer doubled and scored.
ROYALS (SS) 6, BREWERS (SS) 2
Jesus Aguilar had a two-run single for the Milwaukee split team. Yasmani Grandal had a double and a single.
Chris Owings got his eighth place in the Kansas City split division. Homer Bailey made his second start, entering four shutout innings.
BREWERS (SS) 5, ROCKIES 4
Mike Moustakas hit his third home run and a double for the Milwaukee split division. Jhoulys Chacin made his fourth start, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs.
Nolan Arenado had a double and two singles for Colorado. Trevor Story hit his third home run. Gray made his fifth start, placing five innings and getting two runs and eliminating eight.
REDS 5, RANGERS 2
Phillip Ervin hit his fifth home race for Cincinnati. Anthony DeSclafani allowed two shots in five innings while eliminating seven.
Shelby Miller made his fourth start to Texas, entering 3 1/3 innings and allowing a run. Hunter Pence doubled the run.
DODGERS 2, WHITE SOX 0
Austin Barnes honored Los Angeles. Neighbor Kenley Jansen allowed a successful inning without a score.
Ivan Nova made his third start for Chicago, placing 4 1/3 innings and giving up two runs.