Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper was held out of the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the host New York Mets, one day after he was hit by a pitch on the right hand.
Harper exited Philadelphia’s 5-4 loss on Friday with a right-hand contusion after he was drilled by a fastball from New York starter Steven Matz in the third inning.
X-rays were negative on the 26-year-old Harper, who told reporters after the game that he could not grip a bat.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters that Harper would receive Saturday night off as a “precautionary measure.”
Harper is batting .254 with 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 136 games in the first season of a 13-year, $330 million contract.
— Field Level Media