Harper underwent surgery on his left thumb and was ruled out indefinitely.
Despite his absence, the Philadelphia Phillies have been able to keep their heads above water, cruising to a series win over the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend and putting up an 11-run attack on the Washington Nationals last night.
Harper was asked about his injury and revealed that he had three pins put in his left thumb that need to stay there for the next three weeks, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic.
Bryce Harper said he had three pins put in his left thumb. They have to be there for three more weeks. He declined to offer a timeline for his return.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) July 5, 2022
Harper Continues To Recover
Harper declined to give a timeline for his return, but one can imagine it’s going to be a little while.
We probably won’t see Harper back in action until towards the tail end of the regular season, which is bad news for the Phillies.
Luckily for them, Kyle Schwarber has picked up the slack and is hitting home runs like nobody’s business.
But for the time being, the Phillies will be without Harper.
As he mentioned, the pins in his left thumb are going to need to be there for the next three weeks or so.
The 29-year-old slugger is hitting .318 with 15 homers, 48 RBI, and a .984 OPS.
The reigning NL MVP Award winner was on pace for yet another All-Star campaign before being hit by Snell’s pitch.
The Phillies will need Schwarber to keep hitting if they’re going to stay above water while Harper recovers from his thumb injury.
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