Phillies’ Bryce Harper is ejected after charging into the Rockies’ dugout

ESPN News ServicesMay 14, 2023, 06:05 PM ETI read for 1 minute

DENVER — Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper was ejected after charging into the Rockies dugout following the top of the seventh inning in Sunday’s 4-0 loss at Colorado, sparking an altercation that destroyed both teams’ benches and bullpens.

Harper responded to Colorado reliever Jake Bird, who clapped his hands against his glove and said something toward the Philadelphia dugout.

Harper was initially restrained by Rockies catcher Elias Diaz, then Phillies third-base coach Dusty Wathan blocked the two-time NL MVP from entering a group of players and coaches gathered near the first-base line.

With the benches clear in the seventh inning of a Phillies game at the Rockies, center Bryce Harper is pulled.Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The bird was also ejected. Harper, who returned to the NL champion Phillies on May 2 after recovering from Tommy John surgery, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the game.

Phillies manager Rob Thompson was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Ryan Wills for a third strike on Kyle Schwarber earlier in the inning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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