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Can The Phillies Stay Hot Without Bryce Harper?

By: Tye Richmond

There was some good news for Phillies fans these past couple days. For those that don’t know the Phillies NL MVP Bryce Harper was injured when he was hit by a 97-mph fastball from Blake Snell in the fourth inning of Saturday night’s win against the San Diego Padres which broke his thumb.

Some Phillies fans including myself thought “well the season is over now”, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel. According to an ESPN article, “Bryce Harper will undergo surgery Wednesday to stabilize his broken left thumb, Philadelphia Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said Tuesday. Although Thomson did not reveal a firm timeline for Harper to return to the lineup, he did say the team is hoping Harper will return this season.”

“It’s tough, but it’s probably the best thing for him. So, whatever’s best for him is best for me,” Thomson said Tuesday. “If he’s able to come back, which we plan on, then that’s good under the circumstances.”

I do think the Phillies can hold down the fort until Harper makes his comeback. The roster that the team has is solid it’s not the best in the world but it is a pretty decent lineup. If the Phillies can somehow some way get 8 or more games above .500 when Harper comeback, then I would say the rest of the National League could be in trouble. Harper is believed to be back by September so hopefully in the next couple months the rest of team can work some magic.

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