A day after an errant fastball bruised his right ankle, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper said he had no concerns about being ready for Opening Day.
“As of right now, no,” Harper said Saturday in Clearwater, Fla. “If I felt that way then I’d probably tell you guys. I really don’t.”
Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said he wasn’t worried about Harper being set for the opener on March 28 against Atlanta. Harper, who recently signed a record $330 million, 13-year contract, agreed with that assessment.
“Felt good today coming in,” Harper said. “I was a little sore. Just trying to keep the swelling out, things like that.”
X-rays were negative and Harper was listed as day to day. He was struck by a 96 mph fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning of Friday’s game. Harper sat out Saturday’s exhibition against Houston, which the Astros won 13-5 as Michael Brantley had three RBI singles.
Gonzalez, Indians agree: A person familiar with the agreement says free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez intends to sign a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Gonzalez, who played the past 10 seasons with Colorado, will sign once he completes a physical and join the Indians at spring training.
If he’s added to the 40-man roster, Gonzalez will get a $2 million contract in the major leagues and can earn $1 million in performance bonuses.
A three-time All-Star, Gonzalez has hit .287 over 11 seasons. The left-hander batted .276 with 16 homers and 64 RBIs with the Rockies last season.
Gonzalez drove in 100 runs and hit 25 homers in 2016.
Sabathia pitches: Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia threw his first simulated game since undergoing a heart procedure in December.
The 38-year-old Vallejo native had a stent inserted after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart. Sabathia, who is retiring after this season, is expected to miss his first two or three regular-season starts.
The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner with Cleveland, Sabathia is 246-153 with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986 strikeouts in 18 major-league seasons. He was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts last season.
Exhibition highlights: Chris Sale made his spring debut for Boston, striking out seven in four scoreless innings, and AL MVP Mookie Betts hit his first home run and singled as the Red Sox beat the Braves 6-1. … Aaron Judge hit his spring training-leading sixth home run, foiling Toronto’s four-man outfield with a drive into the players’ parking lot in the Yankees’ 17-7 win over a Blue Jays split-squad. Yankees outfield prospect Estevan Florial broke his right wrist when he ran into the wall. … Max Scherzer struck out nine in his fifth start for Washington, pitching six innings and allowing one run and four hits in the Nationals’ 8-5 loss to the Cardinals. … Austin Barnes homered and closer Kenley Jansen tossed a scoreless inning in the Dodgers’ 2-0 win over the White Sox.
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