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Phillies’ Bryce Harper had 3 pins inserted in fractured thumb

Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper told reporters on Tuesday that three pins were inserted into his fractured left thumb. He declined to offer a timetable for his return.

The reigning National League MVP was forced to undergo surgery after he got hit by a 97 mph Blake Snell fastball on June 25.

Harper was already forced into a designated hitter role weeks earlier due to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He continued to thrive at the plate, however, and is batting .318 with a .985 OPS, 15 home runs, nine stolen bases, 48 RBIs and a 166 wRC+.

Philadelphia enters Tuesday with a 42-38 record, eight games behind the Mets and 3 1/2 behind the Braves in the NL East. They’ve gone 4-3 since Harper’s latest injury.

(Photo: Orlando Ramirez / USA Today)

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