Phillies' Bryce Harper suffers broken thumb after getting hit by pitch

Harper failed in his attempt to sidestep the pitch.

The Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper reacts after being hit by a pitch from the San Diego Padres' Blake Snell during the fourth inning of a game Saturday, giugno 25, 2022, in San Diego.

The Philadelphia PhilliesBryce Harper reacts after being hit by a pitch from the San Diego PadresBlake Snell during the fourth inning of a game Saturday, giugno 25, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

I kind of wish it hit me in the face. I don’t break bones in my face. I think I can take 98 (mph) to the face, but not 97 to the thumb. si, I was kind of in protection mode a little bit trying to get my hand up there and not let it hit me again,” the reigning National League MVP said after the game.

It’s just a bummer. I am really bummed out.

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Harper will be sidelined indefinitely with the broken left thumb.

Snell was clearly upset by what had happened. The two yelled at one another as Harper was leaving the field, but the outfielder explained what happened between him and the pitcher.

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The Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, parte inferiore, reacts after being hit by a pitch from San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell as Padres catcher Jorge Alfaro checks on him Saturday, giugno 25, 2022, in San Diego.

The Philadelphia PhilliesBryce Harper, parte inferiore, reacts after being hit by a pitch from San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell as Padres catcher Jorge Alfaro checks on him Saturday, giugno 25, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

It wasn’t heated at all. It was just the moment and a crappy situation,” Harper said. “I’ve been playing against Blake since we were 10, 11 Anni, so I know there was no ill will behind that at all. The inside pitch is part of the game. He is a great player and a great human being as well. I wish him the best, and I told him to keep throwing that inside fastball because it sets that slider really good.

Snell texted Harper and said the two are on good terms and cleared the air.

“Ovviamente, I felt terrible hitting him. I don’t do that and he knows that,” Snell said. “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.

Harper is likely heading for a lengthy IL stint.

The Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, sinistra, receives attention after being hit by a pitch while interim manager Rob Thomson, background left, and Nick Castellanos, sfondo a destra, observe during the fourth inning of the team's game against the San Diego Padres, Sabato, giugno 25, 2022, in San Diego.

The Philadelphia PhilliesBryce Harper, sinistra, receives attention after being hit by a pitch while interim manager Rob Thomson, background left, and Nick Castellanos, sfondo a destra, observe during the fourth inning of the team’s game against the San Diego Padres, Sabato, giugno 25, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

Harper was hitting .318 con un .985 OPS e 15 home runs before the injury.

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