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Bryce Harper injury update: A huge sigh of relief with ankle after hit by pitch

Bryce Harper injury update: A huge sigh of relief with ankle after hit by pitch

Phillies fans can let out a huge sigh of relief — Bryce Harper appears to be fine. 

X-rays came back negative and Harper has “minimal swelling” in his ankle, manager Gabe Kapler told reporters in Clearwater Saturday morning. 

Harper expects, “as of right now,” to be ready for opening day, which is just 12 days away. 

“Definitely could have been a lot worse,” Harper told reporters. “I came in feeling good today. ... That was the first time I’ve ever been hit in that ankle bone, you never know what you’re gonna get until you have an X-ray, but it’s just a contusion.”

Harper is day to day and will not play Saturday. He is unsure of his status for Sunday’s game in Clearwater, and he won’t play in either road game Monday or Tuesday. That leaves only a handful of spring contests left for Harper to get more plate appearances and get his timing down. 

In 10 plate appearances this spring, Harper is 0 for 5 with three walks, a base via catcher’s interference, and the hit by pitch Friday that caused all this concern. Harper was hit on the ankle by an errant, 96 mph fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton. 

With the Phillies traveling Monday and Tuesday, Harper will likely stay back in Clearwater to play in minor-league games to get more ABs. It’s common for a player recovering from injury in spring training to do so. 

Kapler has no concerns that Harper will be ready for opening day from a health and timing standpoint. 

“We’re gonna get him the reps he needs to get his rhythm and timing where they need to be,” the manager said. 

“It’s definitely important to get back out there but also to be smart,” Harper added. 

Harper was wearing protection on his foot/shin but it didn’t cover the spot of the ankle where he was hit and doesn’t think a piece of equipment can fully protect against what happened Friday. 

“If I get hit again in that ankle,” Harper said, “it’s kind of like putting money on black.”

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Phillies' Scott Kingery exits game with hamstring injury

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Phillies' Scott Kingery exits game with hamstring injury

DENVER — Scott Kingery left Friday night’s game against Colorado with a right hamstring injury.

Kingery grabbed his hamstring while running out a ground ball in the fourth inning.

He was in the midst of his third straight start at shortstop, filling in for Jean Segura who, coincidentally, was out of the lineup with a hamstring injury.

Odubel Herrera is also out with a hamstring injury.

Phil Gosselin, the former Malvern Prep and University of Virginia star, made his Phillies’ debut and took over at shortstop for the Phillies after Kingery exited. Gosselin is a West Chester native.

Segura is not on the injured list. He was tentatively scheduled to return on Sunday. He could be pressed into duty on Saturday night.

Kingery left the field with athletic trainer Scott Sheridan by his side.

Kingery had been swinging a hot bat and was looking at getting more playing time (see story).

More later.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes counterfeit Bryce Harper jerseys, issues warning

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes counterfeit Bryce Harper jerseys, issues warning

Busted.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia have announced they’ve seized 314 counterfeit Bryce Harper jerseys, which, if sold at their full price, would total more than $44,000. Let’s be real, though, these were probably listed for $20 apiece online.

The press release says that six shipments of Harper — or perhaps a few said Haprer or Harpr —  jerseys were en route from Hong Kong to addresses in the tri-state area.

Am I shocked? Of course not. Harper jerseys are the hottest item in Philadelphia fashion this spring and were bought, legally, in record numbers when the then-free agent signed his mega contract. There are, however, a few things to consider here.

The first, which I actually didn’t know, is that the CBP warns against “dangerously flammable textiles” being used in counterfeit jerseys. That’s kind of a surprise and perhaps cause for concern.

The other is that Harper signed a 13-year deal, so a nice, legitimate jersey is actually a decent investment over a jersey that looks OK but may fall apart after a few spins in the washing machine. You want something to stand the test of time, that you can wear for more than a decade, so spending money up front on a jersey for a guy that’ll be here for a while isn’t actually a bad idea.

If you’re reading this and the tracking on your Harper jersey suddenly stopped, you might be out of luck. If you’re reading this and you’ve already bought a counterfeit jersey, stay clear of the grill this summer.

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