The Philadelphia Phillies have received some good news on the injury front. Designated hitter Bryce Harper had the pins removed from his surgically repaired left thumb according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. The reigning NL MVP will begin a hitting program immediately.
However, a timetable for a rehab assignment and return to the lineup is unknown.
Harper has been out of the lineup since being plucked by a Blake Snell fastball on June 25. Harper had surgery on June 28 with an estimated 6-8 week recovery time. At the time of the injury, Harper was slashing .318/.385/.599 with 15 HRs, 21 2Bs, and 48 RBIs.
The Phillies have gone 17-12 in the 29-games Harper has been out of the lineup. They are currently one-game up on the St. Louis Cardinals for the final NL Wild Card spot.