Bryce Harper injury update, Moniak set to return to team on Sunday
Bryce Harper left tonight’s game vs the Padres in the top of the 4th inning, after being hit in the hand by a 97mph fastball from Blake Snell.
Harper walked off the field holding his hand but didn’t make it back to the dugout without voicing his frustration with Blake Snell.
About 30 minutes after the hit-by-pitch, the Phillies announced that it was a fractured left thumb for Bryce Harper. Dave Dombrowski said they won’t know how much time Harper will miss, or if he will need surgery. Harper is set to be re-evaluated over the next few days.
With the Phillies now without their MVP, Mickey Moniak will rejoin the team on Sunday. The Phillies hope Moniak arrives before Sunday’s game at 4:35. This move will likely send Castellanos or Schwarber to the DH spot, and Moniak will get most of the time in the centerfield, moving Vierling and Odubel over to right.
A brutal, brutal blow for the Phillies. Bryce Harper is hitting .320/.385/.602 on the year, with 15 HRs and 48 RBIs. He’s tallied 77 hits, 49 runs scored and has an OPS of .986. The Phillies will now need other big bats to step up, specifically Castellanos and Realmuto, who have struggled over the last month.
The Phillies did secure a 4-2 win tonight, although it feels like a loss. They take the field tomorrow at 4:10 to win the series out west, with Kyle Gibson on the hill.