After a Sunday of disappointing news on the injury front, the Philadelphia Phillies are finally getting some good news. Slugger Bryce Harper is likely starting a rehabilitation assignment this week.
Harper met with the media on Sunday and discussed his injury status and what the next steps will be.
“I think anytime next week I can get out and play, we’ll get out there and get going. I feel good. I’m getting a lot better. Yeah, I think we’re happy where we’re at right now. We’ll just progress as we see fit.”Bryce Harper via NBC Sports Philadelphia
Tuesday or Wednesday is the target date according to Phillies manager Rob Thomson.
Harper’s return can’t come soon enough for the Phillies who are in the hunt for their first postseason berth in over a decade.
Harper was slashing .318/.385/.599 with 15 homers, 48 RBIs, and a .984 OPS when he broke his thumb. Statistically he was trending towards a better season than his 2021 National League MVP season. The Phillies are 28-19 without Harper in the lineup.
The Phillies are 66-54 with a 1/2-game lead over the San Diego Padres for the second NL Wild card spot as of Sunday.