By Sam Bush

The Philles might have to continue their playoff push without Bryce Harper.

He left yesterday’s 6-3 loss to Toronto with lower back stiffness after striking out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

Manager Joe Girardi said Harper’s back bothered him earlier this season. It’s too early to tell whether the outfielder will be able to play as the Phils are trying for its first playoff berth since 2011, opening a series in Washington.

”He’ll get a lot of treatment and we’ll keep our fingers crossed,” Girardi said.


Harper has 11 homers and 28 RBIs for the Phillies, who hit the road for their final seven games.

The Phillies are one game behind Miami for second place in the NL East and have the seventh-best record in the NL. The top two teams in each division make the playoffs, along with two wild cards.