Bryce Harper limps off after being hit by 96 mph pitch

New Phillies star Bryce Harper bruised his right foot when he was hit by a 96 mph pitch in a spring training game Friday, but manager Gabe Kapler said the team wasn’t overly worried.

Initial X-rays were negative, the team said, and Harper left the ballpark for more detailed X-rays.

“Bryce has a right foot contusion,” Kapler said after a 3-2 win over Toronto. “Right now we don’t have reason for major concern, but obviously we want to go inside and take a look first.”

Many in the crowd at Spectrum Field gasped when Harper was struck by a 96 mph fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning. Harper went down to the dirt, clutched his ankle and stayed on the ground for a few moments, limped toward the dugout with assistance and soon hobbled toward the clubhouse.

Severino to miss April: New York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss all of April because of right shoulder inflammation. He has been shelved since he was scratched from his first planned spring training appearance on March 5. Severino is set to resume playing catch next week.

Nationals’ Taylor out: Washington outfielder Michael A. Taylor will be sidelined with a sprained left knee and sprained left hip. “I think he’s going to miss a significant amount of time,” manager Dave Martinez said.

Taylor favored his left leg as he limped through the clubhouse earlier in the day before heading to have an MRI.

Clippard to miss time: Cleveland Indians reliever Tyler Clippard is expected to miss three to four weeks because of a mild pectoral strain. The 34-year-old right-hander, who appeared in 73 games with Toronto last season, was trying to earn a place in a bullpen that lost closer Cody Allan and top reliever Andrew Miller in the offseason.

Exhibition highlights: Michael Pineda, returning from Tommy John surgery, allowed three runs and four hits in 3 ⅓ innings, and former Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza hit a pair of two-run homers for the Twins, who went deep six times in a 12-9 win over the Orioles. … Aaron Judge hit his fifth home run and Domingo German allowed two hits over four shutout innings with six strikeouts as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 14-1. … Texas starter Jason Hammel gave up two hits and struck out five in four scoreless innings as the Rangers beat the Indians 5-2. Carlos Carrasco struck out six over 4 ⅔ innings, giving up three runs and five hits. … Chicago starter Cole Hamels walked three and gave up five earned runs on five hits in 3 ⅔ innings but his Cubs beat the White Sox 11-9.

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