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Bryce Harper suffers broken left thumb after being hit by Padres’ Blake Snell pitch

Bryce Harper suffers broken left thumb after being hit by Padres’ Blake Snell pitch

  • Phillies
  • Padres
Jun 27
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Bryce Harper, the Philadelphia Phillies’ slugger and reigning National League MVP, suffered a fractured left thumb in a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Saturday night.

Harper sustained the injury when he was hit by a 97-mph fastball from Blake Snell and left the game immediately. Soon after, the Phillies announced Harper’s fracture and said he will undergo further tests in the coming days. Harper’s recovery timeline was not provided.

Despite playing since mid-April with a torn UCL in his right arm, Harper was enjoying one of his best seasons, batting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs, and an OPS of .984. He is fifth in the NL in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage (.385), and second in slugging percentage (.599).

This is a Huge blow to the phillies

Bryce Harper has been prevented from playing in the outfield for much of the season due to a torn UCL in his right elbow. Due to the change in the National League rule allowing designated hitters, he remained in the Phillies lineup thanks to the injury not causing further damage. Unfortunately, the thumb fracture changes his outlook.

Production is still there

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Harper has six more extra base hits than anyone in baseball since last year’s All-Star break.

The two-time NL MVP Harper is a six-time All-Star. In 63 games this season, he hit .320/.385/.602, with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and nine steals. On Saturday, the Phillies were 37-35, 9.5 games behind the first-place New York Mets in the NL East. The loss of their best player significantly hurt their chances of competing for a playoff spot.

“It’s devastating, to say the least. He’s having an All-Star, MVP-caliber year. To lose him for any amount of time is too long. We’re all going to have to step up. Me, definitely included. To carry the weight that we’re going to be missing, it’s got to be done."

- Nick Castellanos, Phillies outfielder

“It’s a tough pill to swallow, But they’re not going to cancel any games. We’ve got to play.”

- Rob Thomson, Phillies Interim Manager

“Things happen for a reason,” Harper told reporters, including MLB.com, after the game. “Everybody says that. This reason sucks right now, but at the same time, it’s what it is. I’ve got to be positive. I’ve got to be positive for the guys in here. I know they’ll pick up the slack. I’m just really bummed for the organization, the guys, the city of Philadelphia, the fans. I love running out there and playing every day. Definitely bummed.“

- Bryce Harper

These guys have known each other since childhood

Bryce Harper’s injury is going to be tough on everyone — the Phillies, their fans, and, of course, Harper himself, who was clearly upset but responded admirably towards Padres pitcher Blake Snell after the incident.

Jun 25, 2022: San Diego, California, USA; Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) reacts toward San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (not pictured) after being hit by a pitch during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

“Obviously, I felt terrible hitting him,” Snell said, via The Associated Press. “I don’t do that and he knows that. We’ve talked, we’ve handled it. He plays with a lot of passion and I can understand why he’d be upset. I’m just as upset as he is — I hit him. ... I just hope he recovers quickly and gets back out there and continues to compete.”

- Blake Snell

"I kind of wish it would have hit me in the face."

- Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper was signed by the team in 2019. (retouched)
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