PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper couldn’t preserve Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. His capacity to play the very last week of the Phillies’ season should decide their postseason destiny with handiest seven video games to play.

Harper left the 6-three loss to the Blue Jays withinside the 7th inning due to stiffness in his decrease back.

Is it serious? Is it only a tweak?

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Only Harper can say, and he changed into now no longer to be had for comment. But he seemed uncomfortable in the course of the 7th inning. He bent on the waist for a second in proper subject after chasing down a triple withinside the pinnacle of the inning. Harper then grabbed the left facet of his hip after fouling off a 2-2 fastball withinside the backside of the inning. He struck out swinging.

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Once he returned to the dugout, he got the attention of Phillies bench coach Rob Thomson. He made a gesture across his throat, signaling he was done for the day, and he pointed to the left side of his back.

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Phillies manager Joe Girardi turned to Thomson. His eyes widened.

His eyes seemed to say, “Wait, what? Not Bryce, too.”

Yes, Bryce, too.

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