The Nationals received a momentary scare when Bryce Harper left after being hit on the left foot in the eighth inning of a 3-0 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. After getting drilled by an errant pitch from right-hander Dellin Betances, Harper took a few hobbled steps down the first-base line before he turned around and headed toward the dugout.
Harper said his toe briefly went numb and decided to be cautious. He felt much better after the game, however, and after postgame X-rays came back negative, he expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday.
"It just hurt," Harper said. "Trying to walk down the first-base line, there was no point."
Harper reached base four times on Tuesday night despite not getting a hit, as he walked twice and was hit by two pitches. The first incident came in the fifth inning, when he was drilled on the right elbow by a pitch from left-hander CC Sabathia. Harper was in considerable pain afterwards, but remained in the game after consulting with a trainer at first base.
Tuesday marked the fifth time in Harper's career that he reached base at least four tim es without recording a hit, and the second time he has been hit by pitches twice.
"He's a tough kid," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "That's what kind of worried me, when he started walking off the field. But he's good to go."
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