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Bryce Harper leaves game after taking 97 mph fastball to right hand

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 25: Bryce Harper #3 of
Bryce Harper left the game on Saturday after being hit on the field. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper walked out of Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres after being hit in the right hand by a 97 mph fastball.

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The Philadelphia Phillies’ slugger was hit during the fourth inning batting against San Diego starter Blake Snell. Snell untied his 2-2 fastball and got inside. Harper couldn’t get out of the way. The ball hit Harper in the arm, and he immediately fell to the ground in pain, clutching his arm.

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The replay shows that the ball hit Harper right in the arm.

Harper eventually walked off the field on his own. He did not return to the game. The Phillies were not provided with an immediate update on his status.

Harper spent most of the season with a torn right elbow that kept him out of the outfield. The injury doesn’t threaten further damage or keep him from swinging, which is why he stayed with the Phillies thanks to a rule change to allow hitters to be named in the National League. A hand injury of any significance would obviously change his status.

Harper, a six-time All-Star, completes his second NL MVP campaign last season. In 63 games this season, Harper is hitting .320/.385/.602 with 15 home runs, 48 ​​RBIs and nine stolen bases. The Phillies entered the game on Monday at 37–35, 9.5 games behind the top-seeded Mets in the NL East.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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