Bryce Harper fractured his left thumb when he was hit by Blake Snell’s 97.2 mph fastball in the fourth inning. Harper does not know how much time he will miss or if he will require surgery, but the Phillies placed him on the 10-day injured list on Sunday.
“It’s just a gut punch,” Harper said after the Phillies’ 4-2 victory over the Padres.
“Things happen for a reason,” Harper said. “This reason isn't good, but I've got to be positive for the guys in here.
I'm disappointed for the team, the city, and the fans. I love playing every day
He ranks fifth in the NL in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage (.385) and second in slugging percentage (.599).
Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Mickey Moniak took Harper's place on the roster.
It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. “But they’re not going to cancel any games. We’ve got to play.”
Thomson said the Phillies will rotate Harper’s DH role with Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber and others. But every hitter will need to step up.
“We are where we are and we’ve won the games that we have, and I still think that there’s a better version of Rhys [Hoskins]
“I mean, you just have to do that,” Dombrowski said. “You lose good players. Again, I don’t know how long he’s going to be out at this point, but, hopefully, he’ll be back at some point.
“This just happened,” Dombrowski said. “We need to see how we play. I’m still hopeful we’ll play well. We still have a good club.”
The recovery time for some fractured thumbs seems to be four to six weeks. Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson fractured his right thumb earlier this month. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt fractured his thumb last September. Realmuto fractured his right thumb in February 2021.