Bryce Harper injury update: Phillies star (hand) expects to be in lineup to start Braves series

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Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper, who didn't start Saturday's and Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch on the right hand Friday, says he expects to be back in the lineup Monday, when the Phillies face the visiting first-place Braves to start a four-game series, MLB.com reported.

The Phillies enter Monday's play two games back of the Cubs for the second NL wild card spot.

Harper, injured Friday night when Mets left-hander Steven Matz hit him on a scary up-and-in pitch, was used as a pinch-hitter Sunday and contributed by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the Phillies' 10-7 victory in New York.

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“I felt good in the cage and I let [manager Gabe Kapler] know that during the game,” Harper said. “If there was an opportunity to get some runs in, he would put me in.”

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Harper is slashing .254/.373/.497, subpar for the perennial All-Star, but has 30 home runs and 101 RBIs.

The Phillies (78-64) are tied with the Brewers in the NL wild-card race, a half-game back of the Diamondbacks (75-68). Milwaukee opens a four-game series in Miami on Monday, and Arizona is in New York for a four-game series against the Mets.

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