Phillies star Bryce Harper leaves game after fastball hits left hand

Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper left Saturday’s game in the fourth inning after taking a pitch off his left hand.

Harper was able to get his face out of the way of the up-and-in fastball from San Diego Padres lefty Blake Snell, but the 97 mph pitch caught him on his left hand, which was still wrapped around his bat.

Harper, who has battled an elbow ligament injury all season, came into Saturday’s contest batting .320/.385/.602 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Johan Camargo came on to replace Harper for the Phillies (37-35), who were looking to avoid their fifth loss in six games.