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."

 

CC Sabathia throws

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia threw his first simulated game Saturday since undergoing a heart procedure in December.

The 38-year-old Sabathia had a stent inserted after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart. He has had a chronic right knee problem that has required several operations.

Sabathia, who is retiring after this season, is expected to miss his first two or three regular-season starts.

The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner with Cleveland, Sabathia is 246-153 with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986 strikeouts in 18 major league seasons. He was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts last season.

 

Outfielder demoted

Eloy Jimenez admits he was pressing in his bid to make the opening day roster of the Chicago White Sox.

"I accept it and I'm going to work hard," Jimenez said about his demotion to minor league camp earlier in the week. "I tried to compete. … I tried to do too much. I think that's why I don't have the good results," he said.

Jimenez was the centerpiece of a trade made in 2017 that sent pitcher Jose Quintana across town to the Cubs.

The 22-year-old outfielder, ranked as the No. 3 prospect overall by Baseball America and MLB.com, wasn't called up a year ago despite a monster season split between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte — where he'll start the 2019 season. He hit a combined .337 with 22 homers and 28 doubles in 456 at-bats.

He will likely get the major league call in late April, at which time the White Sox will gain an extra season of contract control over him because of service time.

This spring, Jimenez hit .154 with two doubles and a home run in Cactus League play. He struck out nine times and did not draw a walk, going 4 for 26 overall.

Manager Rick Renteria said making the move on Wednesday, with two weeks left in spring training, should allow Jimenez to get his timing down. That was something Jimenez said was an issue for the first time in his young career.