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Bryce Harper, Phillies can breathe huge sigh of relief


CLEARWATER, Fla. — Bryce Harper was back in the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup as the designated hitter Sunday, two days after taking a 96-mph pitch on the right ankle.

Harper was hitting third against a New York Yankees split squad.

Harper was struck by a fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton on Friday.

Bryce Harper. (Chris O'Meara / AP)

The slugger sat out Friday's game with the Houston Astros but played catch and did some agility work in the weight room.

Harper recently signed a record $330 million, 13-year contract.