Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper undergoes thumb surgery; no timetable for his return


Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper suffered a fractured left thumb Saturday night against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, taking a 97-mph fastball by Blake Snell to the hand and exiting the game immediately. The Phillies announced that the reigning NL MVP fractured his thumb soon thereafter.  Harper had surgery to repair the fracture Wednesday, and while it was originally expected he would miss six-eight weeks, as of press time the team announced there was no timetable for his return.

The Phillies officially placed Harper on the 10-day injured list on Sunday.  Harper was having one of the best seasons of his career, despite playing since mid-April with a torn UCL in his right arm. He was batting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .984 OPS. He ranks fifth in the NL in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage (.385) and second in slugging percentage (.599).

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