Breaking: Phillies All-Star out against Dodgers with bruised left hand

Breaking: Phillies All-Star out against Dodgers with bruised left hand

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) After a brief stint back in the starting lineup for the Philadelphia Phillies, All-Star first baseman Bryce Harper was scheduled to miss Wednesday’s game against Los Angeles due to a bruised left hand.

In Tuesday’s 10-1 victory against the Dodgers, Harper, who had missed the previous nine games due to a strained left hamstring, sustained an injury at an unclear moment. Harper’s hand was damaged in the first inning on a groundball, according to Phillies manager Rob Thomson. But Harper obviously grasped his hand and leaned forward in agony after Miguel Rojas’ chopper in the second inning.

Edmundo Sosa began the Philadelphia Phillies’ season at third base, while All-Star third baseman Alec Bohm shifted to first base.

Harper is making contact.299 with 20 home runs and 58 RBIs for the Phillies, who held the best record in baseball going into Wednesday.

Harper, the two-time NL MVP, was named National League Player of the Month in May and June of the same year. In multiple statistics, such as average, home runs, RBIs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging percentage, he is among the top players in the National League.

Harper announced on Tuesday that he will participate in the All-Star Game on July 16 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Zack Wheeler, an All-Star right-hander, was still “a little sore,” according to Thomson, but an MRI on his back revealed no structural damage. Wheeler won despite leaving his Tuesday night start against Los Angeles after five innings due to discomfort in his left low back. It was a warm night in Philadelphia and he tossed 76 pitches.

Wheeler’s next scheduled start, against Oakland on Sunday, is scheduled, but Thomson said he was unsure.

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