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Bryce Harper limited in SAL All-Star Game due to sore left thumb

Jun 21, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper is still expected to start in tonight’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, but the fans at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland aren’t going to get the show they were hoping for.

Harper is currently nursing a sore left thumb that he jammed back on June 12. He missed four games with the injury, including two prior to the All-Star break and was scratched from tonight’s Home Run Derby.

Hagerstown Suns manager Brian Daubach, who is also managing the North team in tonight’s game, told Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post that Harper will only be limited to a few innings and possibly one at-bat.

Meanwhile, Harper says he should be good to go for the second half of the season, which at this rate will likely include a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg.

“The thumb’s feeling good,” Harper said. “I tried to take those two days off, and I got them, and now there’s time to rest it a little bit and be ready to go.”

Harper has made a mockery of the Sally League thus far, batting .330/.429/.586 with 14 homers, 13 stolen bases and a 1.014 OPS in his first pro season.

  1. addictedzone - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Started in RF, 0 for 2 with 1 RBI. No chance to blow kisses tonight as the South beat the North 6-3.

    Hitting star for the game was Adam Duvall of the Augusta GreenJackets who went 2 for 3 with a dinger and 3 RBI’s.

    • 5thbase - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:04 PM

      So you’re saying that in one single game a healthy guy 4 years older than a bad thumbed Harper out-hit him? I don’t see how that’s possible.

      In all honestly though, good for Duvall, but I bet this is the last time I ever see his name.

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