CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - 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. "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.
When asked about dodging a major injury, Harper replied "I wish I would have dodged the ball."
"The first time I really got hit on the ankle bone," Harper said.
He's 0 for 5 in 10 plate appearances in four exhibition games.
"It's definitely important to get back out there and get the at-bats that I need," Harper said. "But also being smart. I'd rather be healthy than get my at-bats."