RANGER ESCAPES WITH ONLY A SORE THUMB, X-RAYS NEGATIVE, WATCH!

By Ron Rappo

X-rays on the left thumb of Phillies’ left-hander Ranger Suárez came back negative for any fractures.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson told reporters that Suárez is still dealing with some swelling in his thumb but that the team feels fortunate to have dodged any serious injuries.

He’s slated to take the mound against the Mets next weekend in London.

“Everything is good,” Suarez said through an interpreter. “Have to thank God on this one.”

Suarez, who entered the game tied for the major league lead with nine wins, picked up the ball and threw to first to get the final out of the frame and then immediately winced. He put his face in his glove, walked to the dugout and then headed back to the clubhouse after retiring all six batters he faced, striking out two.

“As soon as the ball hit me, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to continue,” he said, before joking, “I need to improve my pitches so that doesn’t happen again.”

Suárez has been pitching well. He began play Saturday second in the NL in ERA (1.75), first in opponents’ batting average (.171), first in WHIP (0.82) and sixth in strikeouts (77).

“Ranger’s been our horse,” Phillies star Bryce Harper said.

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