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Harper, Schwarber both injured in Phillies’ dreadful loss to lowly Marlins

PHILADELPHIA — Outside of an elbow injury that eventually would require Tommy John surgery, Bryce Harper said Thursday night that he hasn’t had the displeasure of experiencing soft tissue injuries before.

So he might have been surprised by the pain he felt in his upper left leg when running to first in the ninth of inning of a Phillies’ 7-4 giveaway loss to the Miami Marlins. While Harper said he’d never “really felt anything like this before,” he does know what a hamstring injury looks like. One of them pushed his teammate and old friend Trea Turner out of the lineup earlier in the season for about a month.

Now it’s Harper who is waiting to hear news he perhaps doesn’t want to hear.

“We’re going to get an image tomorrow just to see what that looks like,” Harper said after the game. “We’ll see how I kind of feel tomorrow and go from there.

“I’ve never had, really, any type of soft tissue injury except for my elbow (in 2022). So I’m going to see what the imaging looks like tomorrow and go from there.”

Harper said he felt the injury while trying to beat out a play at first.

“Like I said, I haven’t really felt anything like this before, so if I had something to go back on I’d let you know,” Harper said. “It hurts, but like I said I’ll see what it feels like tomorrow.

“I think everybody’s different, I think each body is different. So we’ll see.”

As if the loss wasn’t bad enough – the Phillies still had Zack Wheeler in the game with a 3-0 lead two outs deep into the seventh inning and wound up being victimized by the Marlins – Harper’s injury overshadowed the result. But that wasn’t the only injury blow, as Kyle Schwarber had come out of the game in the top of the ninth inning with what was reported as “groin tightness.”

Manager Rob Thomson said later that he’ll also be evaluated Friday to determine the seriousness of the injury.

Schwarber said the adductor muscle in his leg “kind of grabbed, and they got me out of there right away, which I thought was kind of wise.

“They’re going to treat it and we’re going to see how it feels tomorrow and we’re going to go from there,” he added. “But personally … hopefully, I don’t think it’s going to be super serious. I’m sure we’ll have to get imaging and see what’s going on, and go from there, but we’ll see what happens.”

Everything bad that could have happened to the Phillies seemed to in the end stages of this game against a team they should overwhelm.

“You try to flush that one as quick as possible, right?” Harper said. “Obviously we were ahead 3-nothing with Wheels – and I thought Wheels threw a really good game. But we just weren’t able to hold it and their bullpen came in and did the job. Obviously a game we should have won, the way Wheels threw the ball.”


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