Philadelphia Phillies star outfielder and reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper has vowed to return this season after suffering a broken left thumb last month.
Harper inserted three pins into his thumb after being hit by a pitch from San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell that ended his season.
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“I will be back,” Harper told reporters Tuesday, without giving an exact timeline for when he plans to return.
“I don’t want to give anybody a timetable because I don’t know. If I know a specific date that I’ll be back, I’ll tell you. I don’t think it’s fair to anybody. I’ll be back when I’m ready to go,” Harper said.
The Phillies star was hitting .318 with 15 home runs and a .985 OPS before leaving the field. Philadelphia was locked in the National League wild card race entering Tuesday.
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“I don’t want to expect or think about anything. I just want to go day by day and come back when I can, whenever I’m healthy, and help this team win,” Harper said. “Basically, if we get out of it, I’m going to come back and play no matter what, I know I can go out there and play the game. I don’t want that to be my last day. Playing this year. No matter what the outcome is, I’m going to come back and I’m going to play.”
Later in the night Philadelphia defeated the Washington Nationals 11-0. The Phillies moved to 43-38 and are in third place in the National League East.
The Phillies begin a nine-game road trip The trip begins Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. The trip continues later with the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins.
Harper said he would be with the team cheering on his teammates if not for his medical appointments.
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“I don’t need to go anywhere, especially with the next couple of weeks of appointments with the doctors,” he said. “If I don’t have those appointments, I’m going on this road. After the break, I’ll be a little more open to going on the road and traveling and doing things that I need to do.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.