Bryce Harper dropped out of the Phillies again with an infected blister originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Bryce Harper was out of the Phillies for the fourth consecutive game on Tuesday as they opened a two-game fast streak in Texas.
Harper treats a blister on his left arm that has become infected and is preventing him from swinging.
“We are trying to wait and see how much better it can be in the next few days,” he said Sunday. “It’s an infection. Whatever you think of as an infection, I’m in this state right now, so it’s not good.”
Alec Bohm was the designated hitter who had been in Harper’s place since the second week of the season due to a lingering forearm/elbow injury to Harper.
Tuesday’s game was the Phillies’ 69th game of the season, and Harper’s 10th game didn’t start. Having been injured for the second year in a row, he continues to perform at the MVP level.
In his last 32 games (142 plate appearances), Harper hit .402/.472/.730 with 13 doubles, nine homers, 29 RBIs and more walks than strikeouts.
It was even better than in June.
The Phillies won 4–5 in games that Harper did not start that season. Here’s their lineup for Game 1 against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez, who currently has a career year with a 2.10 ERA:
1. Kyle Schwarber, LF
2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3. Nick Castellanos, RF
4. J. T. Realmuto, C
5. Didi Gregorius, SS
6. Alec Bohm, DH
7. Matt Wierling, CF
8. Johan Camargo, 3B
9. Jayrus Munoz, 2B
Kyle Gibson, SP