Bryce Harper knows he'll be back — he just doesn't know when.
Harperbroke his left thumb after being pierced by a fastball at 97 mph on June 25 from Blake Snell. He was inserted into his thumb in the hope of accelerating the healing process.
"... I don't know, so I don't want to tell anyone the timetable. I don't think it's fair to you, my teammates, or anyone else. If I knew the specific date to come back, I'll tell you, but I'll be back. "
In his absence, Phillies was 4-3 and is now in the NL East. There is an 8 game difference behind the Mets in the district and a 1 game difference behind the Cardinals at the last NL Wild Card Spot. 29-year-old Harper hit .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and .985 OPS when he was injured.
Harper, who said he "dislikes" sitting on the bench, insisted that he would do whatever he needed to get back on the field this season.
"I want to go every day and come back as much as I can. Whenever I feel healthy, it helps this team win. That's what Harper said. ..
Harper was already hindered by the injury, even before his thumb was injured. The torn ligament in his right elbow forced the two MVPs into a designated hitter mission.