The 23-25 Philadelphia Phillies have been struggling as of late, and so has slugger Bryce Harper.
The Phillies added Harper to the 10-day injured list ahead of their match vs. the 23-24 Miami Marlins.
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Harper to the IL
So, Bryce Harper is hurt, after all. The Phillies placed their right fielder on the IL Tuesday afternoon and activated outfielder Roman Quinn from the IL.
Harper has had problems with his right shoulder and left wrist over the past few weeks. He’s on the IL for a left forearm contusion, the team said.
Harper has been slumping lately with no hits and 10 strikeouts in his last 16 at-bats. He sat out two straight games on Sunday and Monday with manager Joe Girardi saying he just wanted to give Harper a couple of days off.
“He’s been scuffling and sometimes a couple of days off helps a player,” Girardi said Monday. “That’s the reason.”
On Sunday, Girardi was asked if Harper was medically ok. The manager responded by saying that the player, “was just getting a day.”
Apparently, there was more to the time off.
Harper first hurt his wrist April 28 in St. Louis when he was struck in the face by a 97 mph fastball. Amazingly, Harper suffered no injury or broken bones to his face. That ball, however, ricocheted off his face and struck his left wrist, causing a contusion. It is believed that this trip to the IL is related to that.
Phillies starter Vince Velasquez was scratched about 20 minutes before his scheduled start Thursday because of numbness in his right index finger. It has happened before, so the Phils said Friday that Velasquez was fine. So Velasquez is expected to start Tuesday night in Miami.
This season Velasquez is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA.
Phillies starting lineup vs. Marlins’ righty Sandy Alcantara:
Marlins starting lineup vs. Phillies’ righty Vince Velasquez:
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