Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Bryce Harper will not start the 2023 regular season on Major League Baseball’s 60-day injured list, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told Sports Radio 94WIP on Tuesday. “We’re going to keep our options open,” the Phils’ president added, leaving the possibility of a Harper return before June looking like a possibility.
Well, that’s quite an exciting and unexpected development as the Phillies time in Clearwater comes to a close.
The Philadelphia Phillies are expecting All-Star Bryce Harper to report to Spring Training on Wednesday.
Harper is currently rehabbing from late-November Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. The 30-year old was forced to play the majority of the season as the Phils’ designated hitter after injuring his elbow last Spring. Despite the elbow injury –and a subsequent trip to the DL with a broken hand– Harper slashed .286/.364/.514 with 18 HR, 65 RBI, and a .877 OPS helping propel the Phillies to the National League pennant.
The PhiladelphiaPhillies announced designated hitter BryceHarper underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles with Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The team expects to have Harper back in the lineup as a designated hitter by the 2023 All-Star break and back in right field by the end of the season.
The Philadelphia Phillies are getting slugger Bryce Harper back sooner than expected. Harper will be activated on Friday for the Phillies’ series against Pittsburgh.
Harper, who has been out of the Phillies lineup since June 25, has been rehabbing his broken thumb with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The original plan was for the slugger to rehab through Saturday’s game and evaluate the situation on Sunday. No one, not even Harper, could foresee the speed at which Harper would reacclimate himself to live pitching.
Rehabbing Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, and a 2 BBs on Tuesday for the Lehigh Valley. The IronPigs defeated Gwinnett 10-5 but more importantly the Phillies’ slugger looked comfortable.
The Phillies slugger spoke after the game about his first true at-bat’s in nearly two months.
Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper took to Instagram to update fans on his status. Needless to say, Phillies fans will be fired up over the update.
Harper taking outdoor batting practice is the first step in his eventual return to the lineup. If all goes well, Harper will progress to “high velocity” hitting in the indoor cage, and then a minor league rehabilitation assignment. The target date for his return is “September-ish” according to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury.