The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Tuesday they have placed outfielder Bryce Harper on the 10-day injured list due to a left forearm injury. Manager Joe Girardi told reporters about the move during a Zoom conference call before the Phillies played Miami Marlins in Miami. Harper missed the Phillies’ previous two games, and his placement on the injured list is retroactive to Sunday.
Harper was for 16 in through his last four games and is hitting .274 this season. Girardi had originally told reporters that there was not anything medically wrong with Harper, and that he just was given the day off last Sunday, and said he chose to give Harper another day off Monday, citing his slump. However, Girardi admitted on Tuesday he knew Harper was injured and did not tell reporters because he didn’t want to give the Phillies’ opponents a competitive advantage. Said Girardi: “It cropped up Saturday. After the game, he didn’t say anything to me. On Sunday morning, we talked and he called and said his wrist was sore. I gave him the day off. I didn’t want [Boston Red Sox manager] Alex Cora to know I wasn’t going to use Bryce. … I thought he would be OK Monday and he wasn’t. I didn’t want [Marlins manager] Don Mattingly to know. We are just going to put him on the injured list.”
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