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Bryce Harper takes 97 mph fastball to face, Phillies manager Joe Girardi ‘ejects’ ump after warnings issued

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Scary moment in Wednesday night’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium (GameTracker). Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper exited the game after taking a 96.9 mph Genesis Cabrera fastball to the face in the sixth inning. Harper was bleeding and able to walk off the field under his own power.

Cabrera also hit the next batter, Didi Gregorius, with a 94.5 mph fastball. That pitch hit Gregorius in the back and it happened on back-to-back pitches. Here’s the video. It appears Harper was able to turn his head just quickly enough to avoid a direct impact:

The Phillies have not yet released an update on Harper, though he is surely headed for x-rays and possibly other tests. Gregorius remained in the game.

After Cabrera hit Harper and Gregorius with consecutive pitches, home plate umpire Chris Segal warned both benches. Phillies manager Joe Girardi was not pleased Cabrera was allowed to stay in the game. Girardi “ejected” Segal from the game, which led to Segal actually ejecting Girardi. Check it out:

Harper went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in Wednesday’s game before taking the pitch to the face. He’s started the season very well, taking a .329/.452/.639 batting line with six home runs and nearly as many walks (16) as strikeouts (18) into the contest.




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