VIDEO: Devastating Scene As Bryce Harper Drilled: Out Indefinitely

In the midst of another MVP-caliber season, disaster struck Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night, as the superstar was drilled in the hand by a pitch, and suffered a fractured thumb.

As he started to leave the field, clutching his hand in pain,  Harper began shouting at San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell, who tried to respond. Afterwards, Harper played it down. “It wasn’t heated at all,” Harper said. “It was just the moment and a crappy situation.

Harper had another strange thought after the game:

“I kind of wish it hit me in the face,” said Harper, who was wearing a splint on his thumb. “I don’t break bones in my face. I think I can take 98 [mph] to the face, but not 97 to the thumb. Yeah, I was kind of in protection mode a little bit trying to get my hand up there and not let it hit me again. It’s just a bummer. I am really bummed out.”

"It’s devastating, to say the least,” Nick Castellanos said. 

Harper will be out indefinitely, as the Phillies wait for more imaging to determine the severity of the fracture. How much will the Phillies miss him? Jayson Stark of The Athletic has some evidence.

.324 with a 1.063 OPS and 42 HR in his last 162 games. As Stark wrote, "there's no replacing that."

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