Phillies two-time MVP Bryce Harper lost his thumb during a game

Phillies two-time MVP Bryce Harper lost his thumb during a game

The flickering flame of Philadelphia’s playoff hopes may have gone out over the weekend. 

That’s because Bryce Harper, a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, 

suffered a thumb fracture when hit by a pitch from Blake Snell of the San Diego Padres. 

If surgery is needed, the high-priced slugger could be lost for the season – along with the team’s title chances. 

The Phillies, who have not reached postseason play since 2011, are running third in the National League 

East, a division dominated this season by the New York Mets. Even a 14-game winning streak by the second- 

place Atlanta Braves hasn’t been able to decapitate New York. After Philadelphia’s 4-2 win at San Diego Saturday

night, the team had a 38-35 record, nine games behind the Mets and four behind the Braves.

Harper, a 29-year-old left-handed hitter, had already been reduced from regular right-fielder to designated hitter because he suffered a strained flexor tendon a