Bryce Harper ‘all good’ after hit by pitch in win over Cards
By Matt Rappa
Wednesday evening’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals — the third of a four-game set at Busch Stadium — was interesting, to say the least.
In the top of the sixth inning with the game tied at three, three-year veteran Cardinals pitcher Génesis Cabrera hit Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper in the face and shortstop Didi Gregorius in the ribs with his first two pitches.
Emotions were high after Phillies stars Bryce Harper and Didi Gregorius were hit.
The game’s umpires met and followed by issuing a warning to both dugouts. Unhappy, manager Joe Girardi got ejected and yelled to Cabrera upon walking back to the dugout to “throw the ball over the #$%^#@% plate.”
Phillies fans immediately became worried for their star outfielder, but quickly got news after the game that he seems to be OK after being hit by a 97 miles per hour pitch. “Everything feels good. Everything came back good,” Harper said in a video shared to Instagram. “CT, all that kind of stuff. The face is still there. We’re all good. See you guys soon.”
Girardi told reporters after the game that he did not think Cabrera was hitting Phillies batters on purpose, but he still wanted the left-handed ejected nonetheless for not having control of the baseball. And while Harper seems fine after his CT scan at the hospital, Girardi added that Gregorius might need imaging of his ribs.
The Phillies wound up winning the game, 5-3 — thanks to Andrew McCutchen‘s RBI single later in the inning and Gregorius’ sacrifice fly to center an inning later. Andrew Knapp‘s RBI single in the second and Brad Miller‘s two-run home run in the fifth provided the team’s first three runs.
Phils ace Aaron Nola will take the mound in Thursday’s matinee and series finale. It is not yet known whether Harper and/or Gregorius will be in the starting lineup.