But that’s exactly what happened when he grabbed a Blake Snell fast ball.
The broken left thumb that Harper suffered last week already has him on the shelf – but the Phillies hope he’ll be back before the season ends. Is it the end of August? Is that the time in September? The team did not say.
But the Phillies aren’t trying to sugarcoat everything. They know this is a huge loss.
Phillies’ goal is to keep things going until he returns. Thursday night’s 14-4 win over Atlanta was a boon to that cause.
But how do they maintain that momentum?
That’s the old sports cliché – the next man. Just in this case, the Phillies will need a few people to get ahead. No one can replace the production work that Harper has been busy with – night and day.
The defending National League MVP is having another MVP elimination season. But perhaps the Phils can get more out of JT Realmuto – who are having a failing year.
Or if Nick Castellanos could get close to the player the Phillies thought they would get when they offered him a five-year, $100 million deal.
Or if they can finally solve the bullpen problems – because games can be tighter now without Harper – maybe they can still make this work.
With Harper watching from the sidelines, we’ll all be waiting to see who steps up in his absence.
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