SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 25: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies is looked at after being hit with a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres June 25, 2022 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.

Just as things have started to go well for the Phillies, the rug was pulled out from under them. After taking a 97 mph fastball off his hand last night, Bryce Harper is out indefinitely with a fractured left thumb.  Dave Dombrowksi spoke to the media after the game about Harpers injury.

“I don’t know how long he is going to be out at this point. I am hopeful he will be back at some point. We still have a lot of good hitters in the lineup… The Braves won the World Series last year without (Ronald) Acuna.”

In spring training, outfielder Mickey Moniak suffered a fracture on his right hand. He missed about 8 weeks. Moniak suffered the injury on April 7th, and returned May 30th. That is 51 days. If Harper has a similar recovery window, it would mean he could be back in mid to late August. But some players have longer recovery periods. We may not have a clear idea of when he will be back until after the surgery. The curveball in this is his persisting elbow injury. If he is going to miss extended time, as is likely, would they also go ahead and get the surgery to repair that injury as well?

The Phillies this year have only a small sample size to show what they look like without Harper in the lineup. He has missed only 9 games this season so far. They are 3-6 in those games, and scored only 19 runs across those 9 games. That’s a little more than 2 runs a game without Harper. There is a good reason he leds the way in voting as the DH for the NL All Star team. Replacing the impact his bat has is near impossible.

The Phillies will call up Mickey Moniak to replace Harper for now. It is also likely that Nick Castellanos will see more time as a DH. And it wont be surprising if the Phillies explore their options in the trade market. but for now, Harper is out indefinitely. Leaving it unclear if the Phillies can still keep up in a competitive NL Wildcard race.

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