Bad news for the Philadelphia Phillies and fans of great baseball players in general: Bryce Harper has a broken thumb.
It happened when a 97 mph fastball got away from Padres lefty Blake Snell, and Harper went down:
You could tell in Harper’s reaction that he knew immediately it was bad. Even as he was screaming in pain and frustration, he shouted out that he knew Snell didn’t mean to do it. Just a terrible blow.
Harper, 29, had already been limited by an elbow injury that prevented him from playing in the field, but he’d been raking as the DH (.318/.385/.599/166 wRC+). It’s unknown just how bad this fracture will ultimately be, or whether it will require surgery.
Losing him for a substantial amount of time is going to be a serious blow to the Phillies’ playoff hopes. The Phillies are 9.0 games back of the Mets in the East, but only 2.5 games out of a Wild Card spot.
Given the composition of the Phillies’ roster, you wonder if they will soon be in the market for an outfielder, which would then push one of Kyle Schwarber or Nick Castellanos into more frequent DH starts (which is not an overall UPGRADE over having Harper there and one of them in the outfield, but it could at least improve the defense).
I don’t know about this one, but I don’t doubt Harper means it: