Harper hit in face by 96.9 mph heater, exits game

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Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper left Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals in St. Louis after getting hit in the face by a 96.9 mph fastball from reliever Genesis Cabrera.

Harper walked off the field on his own accord, displaying some blood on the left side of his nose. It was Cabrera’s first pitch in the sixth inning.

Cabrera then hit the next batter, Didi Gregorius, leading to warnings for both benches at Busch Stadium. Phillies manager Joe Girardi came out of the dugout to complain to plate umpire Chris Segal and got kicked out of the game.

Matt Joyce was a pinch runner for Harper, and Gregorius remained in the game. Cabrera allowed an RBI single to Andrew McCutchen in the next at-bat before being relieved. Per MLB rules, Cabrera had to face one more batter before Cardinals manager Mike Shildt was able to pull him from the game.

Harper grounded out and struck out in his first two at-bats. Gregorius doubled and struck out in his two at-bats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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