Bryce Harper injury update: Phillies star gets broken left thumb after hit by Padres’ Blake Snell

Philadelphia Phillies slugger and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper got a broken left thumb Saturday night against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park (GameTracker). Harper took a 97 mph Blake Snell fastball to hand and left the game immediately. Phillies announced the breach shortly afterwards and said Harper will undergo further testing in the coming days. They provided no timetable for improvement.

Here is the video of the incorrect pitch. Snell apologized, and although it was clearly painful and understandably upset, it seemed that Harper told Snell that he knew he did not hit him on purpose when he left the field.

The Phillies officially placed Harper on the 10-day injured list on Sunday. Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Mickey Moniak will take his place on the roster.

Harper has been restricted to DH service most of the season due to an elbow injury. Nevertheless, he had a fantastic season, taking a .320 / .385 / .602 strike line with 21 doubles and 15 home runs into Saturday’s game. He ranks seventh in baseball in extra-base hits (37) and eighth in total bases (145). Simply put, Harper is irreplaceable.

“Things are happening for a reason,” Harper told reporters, including, after the match. “Everyone says it. This reason is bad right now, but at the same time it is as it is. I have to be positive. I have to be positive for the guys in here. I know they want to pick up slack. I’m just sorry for the organization, the guys, the city of Philadelphia, the fans. I love running out there and playing every day. Definitely sorry. “

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

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” said Phillie’s interim manager Rob Thomson. “But they are not going to cancel any matches. We have to play.”

Thomson said the Phillies will rotate Harper’s DH role with Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber and others. But every hit must go up.

They know it.

“It’s devastating to say the least,” Castellanos said. “He has an All-Star year, MVP caliber. Losing him over any time is too long. We all have to go up. Me, definitely included. To carry the weight we go for to be missing, it must be done.

“We are where we are and we have won the matches we have, and I still think there is a better version of Rhys. [Hoskins]I think there is a better version of JT [Realmuto]. There is a much better version of myself. I think it’s just a matter of time before they all show up. If they show up at the same time, baseball can be a lot of fun, very quickly. “

Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski mentioned that the Braves won the World Series last year without Ronald Acuña Jr., who suffered a knee injury that ended the season on July 10.

They ended the regular season 44-29. Padres has not had Fernando Tatis Jr. this season. They are 45-29.

Chase Utley broke his right hand on July 26, 2007. He returned on August 27. The Phillies went 15-13 without him.

“I mean, you just have to do it,” Dombrowski said. “You’re losing good players. Again, I do not know how long he’s going to be out at this point, but hopefully he’s come back at some point. We just have to keep going and do the best job we possibly can. We’ve still many good hits in the line-up. “

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. It is too early to say how Harper’s injury could change the team’s plans for the trade deadline of August 2.

“This is exactly what happened,” Dombrowski said. “We have to see how we play. I still hope we play well. We still have a good club.”

Harper fell to the ground as soon as the pitch hit him. It looked bad, and it was. Dombrowski and others thought it hit Harper’s face, which happened to him in April 2021 in St. Louis. Harper somehow walked away from it with only a bruised forearm from the ricochet.

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“I wish it had hit me in the face,” Harper said. “I do not break bones in the face. I can take 98 to the face, but I can not take 97 to the thumb.”

Harper finally got up. He shook while holding his thumb. Frustrated, he called Snell. The two have known each other for years. They sent text messages to each other during the match. Harper said they’re fine.

“Of course, I felt terrible beating him,” Snell said. “We talked, we dealt with it. It was never anything. It’s just emotional. He plays with a lot of passion, and I can understand why he would be upset. I’m just as upset as he is.”

The recovery time for any thumb fracture appears to be four to six weeks. Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson broke his right thumb earlier this month. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt broke his thumb in September last year. Realmuto broke the right thumb in February 2021.

Each received an estimated recovery of four to six weeks.

But again, Harper will not know the severity of the fracture until next week.

“I have never ruined anything in my life,” he said. “This is new to me. … It’s a cruelty.”

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Meanwhile, the Phillies believe they have Kyle Schwarber or Nick Castellanos to share the DH duty with the more defensively competent Matt Vierling who sees smoother playing time in the field. Mickey Moniak, No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, hits .279 / .326 / .558 in Triple-A and can have a look. Of course, Phillies can make a trade depending on the length of Harper’s recovery.

Needless to say, losing Harper over time is a devastating blow to a Phillies team trying to climb into the off-season. They are 15-6 since replacing manager Joe Girardi with bench coach Rob Thomson earlier this month. Among the National League teams, only the Atlanta Braves (18-4) have a better record in the league during that time. Sportsline estimates the Phillies’ chances of reaching the playoffs at 17.2% if Harper is on the sidelines for a month.

Even with the hot row after Girardi, Phillies came three games behind the third and final wild card spot on Saturday. Phillies has not been on the postseason since 2011 and has NL’s longest postseason drought.