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Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper broke his left toe on Saturday night while trying to block an up-and-in pitch from Blake Snell on San Diego Padres.

Harper failed in his attempt to sidestep the pitch.

Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phyllis responds when San Diego Padres hit the pitch from Blake Snell in the fourth inning of the game on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in San Diego.

Philadelphia Phyllis’ Bryce Harper responds when San Diego Padres hit the pitch from Blake Snell in the fourth inning of the game on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
(AP Photo / Derrick Tuscan)

“I want it to hit my face. I can not break the bones in my face. I think I can take 98 (mph) to the face, but not 97 to the toe. Yes, I’m in defense mode will try to bring my hand up a bit and it will not hit me again,” said the National League MVP. Said after the game.

“It’s just a bummer. I’m really tired.”

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Harper is set aside indefinitely with a broken left toe.

Snell was clearly upset at what had happened. The two yelled at each other as Harper exited the field, but the outfielder explained what had happened between him and the pitcher.

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Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phyllis, below, responds when San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell touches the pitch when Padres catcher George Alfaro checks him in on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in San Diego.

Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phyllis, below, responds when San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell touches the pitch when Padres catcher George Alfaro checks him in on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in San Diego.
(AP Photo / Derrick Tuscan)

“It’s not hot at all. It’s just the moment and the worst situation,” Harper said. “I’m been playing with Blake since I was 10, 11 years old, so I know there’s no malice behind it. He’s part of the inside pitch game. He’s a great player and a great human being. Does. “

Snell texted Harper and said the two had a good relationship and cleared the air.

“Obviously, I felt so horrible about hitting him. I would not do that and he knew it,” Snell said. “We talked, we handled it. He plays with a lot of passion, and I can understand why he’s upset. Like him, I’m upset too – I hit him. … I hope he recovers quickly and goes back there and continues the competition.”

Harper is likely to go on a lengthy IL stint.

Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies, on the left, caught the eye after hitting the pitch, while interim manager Rob Thompson, back left and Nick Castellanos, back right, in the team's fourth innings against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in San Diego.

Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies, on the left, caught the eye after hitting the pitch, while interim manager Rob Thompson, back left and Nick Castellanos, back right, in the team’s fourth innings against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in San Diego.
(AP Photo / Derrick Tuscan)

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Harper hit .318 with .985 OPS and 15 home runs before injury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.