Bryce Harper fell to the grass at CitiField in New York Friday night after being hit by a pitch and Phillies Nation held their collective breath. Their head fell into their hands as Harper was lifted from the game a half-inning after the 92-mile-per-hour sinker from Steven Matz hit his right hand.
After an x-ray came back negative, the official diagnosis was a hand contusion with the ever-popular ‘day-to-day’ update on his availability. At this point, there are no further examinations or tests scheduled.
Harper admitted after the game that he was unable to grip a bat and he had his hand wrapped in the clubhouse after another tough loss by the Phillies. In speaking with reporters, Harper termed the moment ‘scary’ and said that he had hoped to be able to stay in the game.
“Any time it squares you up a little bit, it’s scary,” Harper told the media. “Definitely wanted to get on first and keep the game going. But yeah, it wasn’t good.”
The Phillies are four games behind the Chicago Cubs, the second wild card team in the National League. With the loss and the Arizona Diamondbacks win in Cincinnati, the D’backs are now 1 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies and 2 1/2 behind the Cubs for the second wild card spot. Arizona has one of the easier remaining schedules, while the Phillies have among the toughest.