Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper posted on Instagram that he was “all good” after being hit in the face by a 96.9 mph fastball in the sixth inning by left-handed reliever Genesis Cabrera of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Phillies All-Star hitter walked off the field, blood dripping from a cut near the side of his nose.
“He went to the hospital to get a CT scan” said Phillies manager Joe Girardi. “We’re awaiting the news. We just pray that everything is OK there. We hope there are no fractures. He was bleeding. He’s a tough character. Say a prayer.”
After hitting Harper with his first pitch in the sixth inning, Cabrera also hit the next batter, Didi Gregorius. That prompted Girardi to argue with the umpire that Cabrera should not face another batter, which resulted in the Phillies skipper being ejected from the game. In addition, cautions were given to both benches.
MLB requires a three-batter minimum rule for relievers, so Cabrera had to stay in the game. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said after the game that he would have pulled Cabrera after the pitch that hit Harper had it not been for the rule.
Cabrera apologized afterwards for the pitch that hit Harper, saying, “… I’m really sorry for everything that happened today. None of it was intentional. And again, I’m sorry.”
Harper seemed to have only minor swelling and bruising in the video he posted to Twitter.