On Saturday night at Petco Park, Philadelphia Phillies’ right fielder and designated hitter Bryce Harper fractured his left thumb when he was hit by Blake Snell’s 97.2 mph fastball in the fourth inning. Phillies have not issued any statement regarding the kind of fracture Harper has, but it will eventually force Philadelphia into a way to change their tactics.
Bryce Harper saw the pitch coming towards his face and quickly turned his head and raised his left hand to protect himself. Little did he know that the ball would clearly impact his life thumb. It was an absolute scary night in San Diego as the fans had no idea about the outcome of the injury.
Bryce Harper immediately fell to the ground and could be seen in immense pain as he held his hand while on his knees for several minutes. Phillies head trainer Paul Buchheit sprinted towards Harper in order to attend to him.
Bryce Harper had veins popping out of his face after getting hit-by-pitch on his left thumb
Harper was asked by the media about the incident after Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 4-2, he said, “Things happen for a reason, everybody says that. This reason sucks right now, but at the same time, it is what it is. I’ve got to be positive. I’ve got to be positive for the guys in here. I know they’ll pick up the slack. I’m just really bummed for the organization, the guys, the city of Philadelphia, the fans. I love running out there and playing every day. Definitely bummed.”
Phillies general manager Dave Dombrowski told the media in the postgame press conference that Bryce Harper would see a medical specialist when he returns to Philadelphia. He added, “We will put him on the injured list (Sunday), I was concerned at first, he got hit in the face. I was concerned right off the bat because he is a tough guy and he walked off the field immediately.”
Bryce Harper and Blake Snell have been friends since they were 10-11 years old, “I kind of wish it would have hit me in the face,” Harper said. “I don’t break bones in my face. I can take 98 to the face, but I can’t take 97 to the thumb.”
“Obviously, I felt terrible hitting him,” Blake Snell said. “We’ve talked; we’ve handled it. It was never anything. It’s just emotional. He plays with a lot of passion, and I understand why he’d be upset. I’m just as upset as he is.”
Bryce Harper was having one of the best seasons of his career, 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).