Bryce fractures thumb on HBP: 'A gut punch'

SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies’ season changed with one pitch Saturday night at Petco Park

Bryce Harper fractured his left thumb when he was hit by Blake Snell’s 97.2 mph fastball

Harper does not know how much time he will miss or if he will require surgery

He will have a better sense of that upon following further evaluation in Philadelphia

“It’s just a gut punch,” Harper said after the Phillies’ 4-2 victory over the Padres.

Any time missed is a major blow. There is no replacing the reigning NL MVP.

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

The Phillies will place Harper on the 10-day injured list on Sunday.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Mickey Moniak will take his place on the roster

They hope Harper arrives in time for the series finale Sunday.

Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said the Phillies will rotate Harper’s DH role with Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber and others

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