May 14, 2021

Sports Legend

Phillies’ Bryce Harper leaves game after being hit in the nose with a 97 mph fastball

Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper was forced out of his team’s game against the Cardinals on Wednesday night after being hit in the face by a 97 mph fastball from left-hander Genesis Cabrera of St. Louis.

The ball came out of Harper’s nose and left cheek and onto his left wrist in the sixth inning of a 3-3 game at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. Harper was left bloodied from the ground and he briefly went to one knee. He then went to the canoe and directly to the visitors’ pavilion. The Phillies did not immediately provide an update on his condition.

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Cabrera made matters worse by hitting the next hitter, Didi Gregorius, with a pitch. The referees did not eject Cabrera, but they cautioned both benches. Phillies manager Joe Girardi argued the appeal was dismissed. Girardi yelled at Cabrera as he returned to the canoe, which drew a response from Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.

Harper was not hit twice before being hit. He left .321 batting for the season with six homers and 10 RBIs.

Matt Joyce came running for Harper and gave the go-ahead later in the round.