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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies slugger Bryce Harper says “I will be back at some point” to play this season but won’t put a timetable on when he can return from his broken left thumb.

Harper was injured last month when he was hit by a 97 mph pitch from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell. The 2021 NL MVP had three pins put in his thumb during surgery that will be there for three weeks.

He is in a cast and unable to throw.

The 29-year-old Harper is hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .985 OPS

“I don’t want to give anybody a timetable because I don’t know,” Harper said before the Phillies played Washington on Tuesday night. “If I knew a specific date that I’d be back, I’d tell you. I just don’t think it’s fair to anybody. I’ll be back when I’m ready to go.”

Harper checked his swing as the pitch rode inside and high toward his shoulder before hitting him on the outside of the left hand in the fourth inning. He fell to the ground and was in pain as he held his hand while on his knees for several minutes.

Philadelphia is 4-3 in Harper’s absence and entered Tuesday only one game back of the final NL wild-card spot.

The All-Star outfielder, who has been a designated hitter for most of the season, said he experienced “general soreness” in the immediate days after the surgery but felt better on Monday.

“I don’t want to hope or think about anything,” Harper said. “I just want to go day by day and be back when I can, whenever I feel healthy, whenever that is to help this team win. Granted, if we’re out of it, I’m going to come back and play no matter what, just so I know that I can go out there and play the game. I don’t want that to be my last day playing this year.”

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Fans in hysterics as Nottingham Forest produce DREADFUL corner routine in Premier League return vs Newcastle

TRYING out a new set-piece routine is nothing new in football.

But when it's one as bizarre as Nottingham Forest's yesterday, anything other than a goal is bound to result in the effort being trolled.

3There were no Nottingham Forest attackers in the box as the corner was about to be takenCredit: BEIN SPORTS / PREMIER LEAGUE

3Five players then wildly charged into the box at the same timeCredit: BEIN SPORTS / PREMIER LEAGUE

3The delivery was straight into the hands of Nick PopeCredit: BEIN SPORTS / PREMIER LEAGUE

Nottingham Forest with one of the worst corner routines you’ll ever see ????

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Sure enough that's exactly what has happened after Forest's quite dreadful effort at St. James' Park.

With Steve Cooper's side 1-0 down and having spent the majority of the game under the cosh, the newly promoted outfit tried something new.

The routine saw every Forest player line up well outside the Newcastle box.

Then as the kick was taken five players charged madly into the area.

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Although instead of timing their run to get on the end of the cross, Newcastle keeper Nick Pope strolled off his line and casually plucked the ball out of the air.

To make matters worse for Forest, it was their ONLY corner of the 2-0 defeat on Tyneside.

Fans on social media were left in hysterics after seeing the shocking effort.

One wrote on Twitter: "Wtf was that?"

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While another joked: "We're playing FIFA too much now."

And a third said: "I’ve now watched this at least 10 times and all I can come up with is WHY??"

Others though pointed out that the tactic was a clever idea - and could have had a different result if the delivery was better.

But in the end Forest's one and only corner of the match turned out to be a complete waste.

Although it might keep West Ham guessing when the Londoners visit the City Ground next week.

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