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Phillies' Bryce Harper to undergo surgery, expected to miss six weeks

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Phillies' Bryce Harper to undergo surgery, expected to miss six weeks
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to miss more than month of action due to his broken thumb. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 28 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper will undergo surgery on his broken left thumb and is expected to miss more than a month of action.

Sources told MLB.com, NBC Sports Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday about the expectation for Harper's surgery and timeline for a potential to return.

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Harper sustained the thumb injury when he was hit by a 97-mph fastball in the fourth inning of the Phillies' 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday in San Diego.

The Phillies placed Harper on the 10-day injured list on Sunday. Outfielder Mickey Moniak was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and filled Harper's roster spot.

Harper is hitting .318 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs through 64 games this season. The two-time National League MVP sustained a torn UCL in his right arm in mid-April.

The Phillies claimed outfielder Oscar Mercado on Monday off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians.

The Phillies (39-35) sit in third place in the National League East, eight games behind the first-place New York Mets (47-27). The Atlanta Braves (42-32) are second place in the division.

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The Phillies will host the Braves at 7:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

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