The excitement that had been building at Citizens Bank Park all night quickly evaporated when Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper appeared to injure his right arm in an eighth-inning collision at first base.
On a Matt Olson ground ball to the right side, reliever Gregory Soto was slow to the bag, and Harper covered for him. He just beat Olson to the bag and caught Bryson Stott's throw to record the out. Unfortunately, his right arm hung out over the base, and Olson, with no intention, ran into Harper's arm.
Harper was in obvious pain after Olson's knee clipped his surgically-repaired right elbow on the bang-bang play at first.
As everyone watching held their breath, Harper, surrounded by teammates and training staff, walked off the field under his own power, clutching the injured right arm. He disappeared down the tunnel.
Harper returns to the dugout and Philadelphia breathes a sigh of relief
In a good sign for the Phillies and their fans, who were apprehensively waiting for news, Harper reappeared back in the first base dugout shortly after the bottom of the inning started.
In an even better sign, Harper made his way back out onto the field to play first base again in the top of the ninth.
Whether there will be any lingering issues for Harper will have to be seen. He only returned to action on May 2, missing the first month of the season after recovering from Tommy John surgery in record time. He didn't make his debut at first base until July 21 but has taken to the position like he's been playing it all his life.