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Phillies’ Bryce Harper will have thumb surgery

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Mar 11, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) smiles in the dugout before  the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper will have thumb surgery and miss at least six weeks but intends to play again this season, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The two-time MVP outfielder went on the injured list Sunday, one day after a pitch from San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell broke Harper’s left thumb.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today said Harper is targeting a return date of mid-to-late August, hoping that the Phillies (39-35 entering Tuesday) are still in contention for at least a National League wild-card spot.

Harper, 29, has put up MVP-worthy numbers this season despite being mostly limited to a designated hitter role while playing through a UCL tear in his right elbow. The six-time All-Star is hitting .318 with a .985 OPS, 15 homers, 21 doubles and 48 RBIs in 64 games.

He is a career .281/.391/.528 hitter with 282 homers and 800 RBIs in 1,347 games with the Washington Nationals (2012-18) and Phillies.

–Field Level Media