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Please God, no.

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies fans collectively swallowed their tongues during Friday’s Grapefruit League exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays when Bryce Harper was forced to leave the game after getting hit by a pitch on his ankle.

Harper rolled around on the ground after being hit by a Trent Thornton fastball on his ankle, making a terrible sound on impact. Harper had to be helped off the field by trainers, and as of now, there’s no indication as to the severity of his injury.

However, there may be hope it’s not too serious.

The broadcast said Harper walked to the complex under his own power, presumably to get an X-ray, but it’s likely the Phils will be cautious with him.

Harper was expected to be in the lineup on Saturday and Sunday, but those starts are now in doubt. He was 0-for-2 in three plate appearances with that hit-by-pitch in his final at-bat.

Check back here for any updates on Harper’s status.

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