Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is forced to leave the game due to an apparent right hand injury

SAN DIEGO Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper After being struck by a fastball at 97 mph, he sustained an apparent injury to his right arm. Blake Snell Saturday night, the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres.

It was not immediately clear what the extent and nature of the injury was. Harper, who was the Phillies' designated batter, was replaced by Johan Camargo.

Harper checked his swing. The pitch rode inside Harper's shoulder and high to his head. Harper appeared to be struck on the left hand by the ball. Harper instantly fell to the ground, and he was in visible pain for several minutes as he held onto his hand while the Phillies' trainer attended him.

Harper was about halfway to Philadelphia's dugout when he began shouting at Snell, and pointing with his injured hand towards the Padres starting pitcher. Harper eventually shouted back at Snell. After Harper's shouting, many Petco Park fans began to boo Harper.

Harper is enjoying an excellent season as the Phillies attempt to recover from a slow start which saw Joe Girardi lose his job. Harper was leading the team in hits (77), batting average (.320) and RBIs (48) heading into Saturday's game.

This report was compiled by the Associated Press.

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