Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper was forced to leave his team’s game against the Cardinals on Wednesday night after being hit in the face with a 97 mph fastball from St. Louis left-hander Genesis Cabrera.
The ball caromed off Harper’s nose and left cheek and onto his left wrist in the sixth inning of a 3-3 game at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. Harper was left bloodied from the pitch and he briefly went to a knee. He then walked to the dugout and directly to the visitors’ clubhouse. The Phillies did not immediately provide an update on his condition.
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Cabrera made the situation worse when he hit the next batter, Didi Gregorius, with a pitch. Umpires did not eject Cabrera, but they did warn both benches. Phillies manager Joe Girardi argued that call and was ejected. Girardi yelled at Cabrera as he returned to the dugout, which drew a response from Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.
Harper was hitless in two at-bats before being hit. He left the game batting .321 for the season with six home runs and 10 RBIs.
Matt Joyce came on to run for Harper and scored the go-ahead run later in the inning.