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Philadelphia star Phyllis Bryce Harper broke his left thumb on Saturday night against the San Diego Padres, trying to avoid Blake Snell’s sharp blows.
Harper failed in his attempt bypass the field.
“I wish it hit me in the face. I don’t break bones in the face. I think I can make 98 (miles per hour) to the face, but not 97 to the thumb. Yes, I was in defense mode trying a little bit to raise my hand and not let it hit me again. ” the current MVP of the National League Said after the game.
“It’s just a bummer. I’m really confused.”
Harper will stay away indefinitely broken thumb left thumb.
Snell was clearly upset by what had happened. The two shouted at each other as Harper left the field, but the outfielder explained what had happened between him and the pitcher.
“It didn’t heat up at all. It was just a moment and a bad situation,” Harper said. “I’ve been playing against Blake since I was 10-11, so I know there was no evil will behind it. The inner field is part of the game. He’s a great player and a great man as well. I wish him all the best and I said he has to keep throwing it in fastball because he sets this slider really well ”.
Snell wrote a message to Harper and said they were on good terms and cleared the air.
“Obviously I felt horrible when I hit him. I don’t do it and he knows it,” Snell said. “We talked, we coped with it. He plays with great passion and I can understand why he would be upset. I’m just as upset as he is – I hit him … I just hope he recovers quickly and will return there and continue to compete. “
Most likely, Harper will head for a long job in IL.
Harper beat .318 with .985 OPS and 15 home runs before injury.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.