Phillies’ Bryce Harper hit by pitch, quits game

Bryce Harper left Saturday’s game after being hit by a pitch. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper left Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres after being hit in his hands with a 97 mph fastball.

The Phillies later announced that he fractured his left thumb. He will undergo a new evaluation in the coming days.

Harper was hit on a fourth inning at bat against San Diego starter Blake Snell. Snell unleashed his 2-2 fastball up and inside. Harper couldn’t get out of the way. The ball hit Harper in his hands and he immediately fell to the ground in pain.

Replay shows the ball hit Harper squarely on his hands.

Harper was visibly upset when he stood up, apparently realizing he was hurt.

After exchanging words with Snell, he appeared to tell the Padres pitcher that he didn’t believe he wanted to hit him.

He then went to the Phillies clubhouse to receive a medical evaluation.

Harper played much of the season with a UCL tear in his right elbow that prevented him from playing in the outfield. The injury was not likely to cause further damage or prevent him from swinging, so he remained in the Phillies’ roster thanks to the rule change allowing designated hitters in the National League. The broken thumb obviously changes his outlook.

Harper, a six-time All-Star, just completed his second NL MVP campaign. In 63 games this season, he’s cut .320/.385/.602 with 15 home runs, 48 ​​RBIs and nine stolen bases. The Phillies came into play Saturday at 37-35, 9.5 games behind the first-place Mets in Newfoundland East. Their hopes of competing for a playoff spot took a major hit with the loss of their best player.

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