MLB News of the Day: Harper placed on IL with broken thumb, Twins pitching coach leaving for LSU

 | June 27, 2022


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It was a strange weekend for MLB fans as injuries and departures swept the league.

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Injuries throughout the league were felt this weekend, but none more so than the injury to the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper. Harper was hit by a 97 MPH fastball from Blake Snell in the fourth inning of Saturday's game.

The Phillies announced that the reigning National League MVP will be out indefinitely. The reason Harper's thumb got in the way was due to a checked swing on an inside and high fastball from the Padres' Snell. 

Harper said: "I've never had a hand injury like this. Never broken anything in my life. This is new to me, so I'm just going to go day by day, see kind of where we're at and see the specialist in Philly. And if I do need to see another specialist somewhere, then I will."

Harper was placed on the 10-Day IL and outfielder Mickey Moniak was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It has yet to be determined whether surgery will be needed on the thumb. 

Snell commented: "Obviously, I felt terrible hitting him. I don't do that, and he knows that. We've talked. We've handled it. He plays with a lot of passion, and I can understand why he'd be upset. I'm just as upset as he is. ... I just hope he recovers quickly and gets back out there and continues to compete."

In other news, Minnesota Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson is departing from the team to join LSU. He'll assume the same position there but this move was quite a shock to the Twins. 

Johnson will travel with the team for the series between the Twins and the Cleveland Guardians. The Athletic reported that Johnson will receive a significant raise for the move as well. 

After a 6-0 win at Target Field, Twins SP Chris Archer said: "Wes is one of my biggest advocates. We do a lot of work, mental and physical, in between starts."

As a team, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 3.78 this season, ranking 11th in Major League Baseball at the moment.

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