Report: Bryce Harper’s elbow “doesn’t feel good”, return to the outfield could be longer than expected
Bryce Harper’s elbow “did not feel good” while having a catch prior to tonight’s game, the right fielder said after the win. It’s seeming more likely that Harper’s return to the outfield could be longer than expected.
Harper hasn’t played right field since April 16th when the injury sparked and hasn’t thrown a baseball other than tonight since April 19th in Colorado. The 2021 MVP has been in the DH spot for nine straight games, and his return to right field won’t come until at least May 3rd.
Bryce Harper has recorded 37 at-bats in the DH spot this season, slashing .297/.289/.541 with 11 hits, 2 HRs, and 6 RBIs. The DH making its way to the National League was a controversial idea heading into the 2022 season, but it’s only been a positive for the Phillies. If pitchers were still hitting every day, Harper would have been on the injured list and out of the lineup every night.
Instead, he’s still crushing baseballs in the DH spot. Harper said although his arm does hurt when he throws, it has no effect on him swinging the bat. Harper will remain in the DH spot for the time being, but don’t expect to see the outfielder back in right field for another week at the minimum.
Up Next for Bryce Harper and the Phillies
The Phillies will look to win their third game in a row on Wednesday, as they take on the Colorado Rockies in game three of a four-game set. Ranger Suarez will get the ball for the team, going up against Ryan Feltner for Colorado.